Electronic Arts has announced that it will raise the price for the next installment of Madden NFL 21, an American football game that will be released specifically for the next generation of consoles. Its price will increase by $10 compared to the previous version. The new version will be aimed at players who buy Madden 21 for the first time on PS5 and Xbox Series X.
EA said that the price is due to the increase in development costs - this was previously said by one of the directors of the company, even before the release of next-gen. Then he only hinted that prices may rise, but now it has become obvious. In compensation, Electronic Arts will offer players "additional content" for Madden Ultimate Team's online mode. Let's see if this is justified.
Recall, that Madden NFL 21 will be available for PS5 and Xbox Series X players in early December - simultaneously with the release of FIFA 21. It is not yet known whether the price will be increased for FIFA, but it will not be long to wait.
Interestingly, Electronic Arts was not the first company to announce price increases for next-generation games. Not so long ago, former PlayStation CEO Shawn Layden noticed that the cost of developing games has increased 10 times and all this time the price of new games has remained stable at $60. This makes the game development model "much more complex," he says. In addition, some major developers have already announced that they are also planning to raise prices - for example, the prices for the new part of Call of Duty, Demon's Souls, NBA 2K21, and Godfall will be increased. It remains to be seen whether other companies will follow suit.