Pantomime villain

We’re very much still in the PlayStation 4’s honeymoon period. Typically, the bubble would have burst by now – but Sony is doing a fantastic job of ensuring that the public perception surrounding its next generation console remains predominantly positive. However, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t bad news around the corner.

While the platform holder has already confirmed that first-party PS4 titles will retail for the standard $59.99 price point in North America, it looks like EA is eyeing a change overseas. As part of an FAQ on GAME’s website, the British retailer reports that the Californian company is the only publisher to confirm the prices of its next generation titles – and they’re more expensive than on the PlayStation 3.

“At present, the only publisher to confirm costs of its next generation games is EA, attaching a price of £54.99,” the shop explained. "No other game prices have been confirmed. We will of course update our listings as and when this happens. And if the price changes before release day, you will always pay the lowest price."

Outside of a few exceptions, current generation games carry an RRP of £49.99, which suggests that EA is hoping to push up prices by £5. Of course, games are rarely ever sold at full price in the UK, so there’s still hope that the titles in question will sell for the more traditional figure of £39.99. Online retailers are charging full whack at the moment, but most listings are still using placeholder assets.

In truth, we’re probably going to have to wait until at least the PS4’s launch date and lineup are announced before things start to settle down. From there, the market will ultimately dictate how much publishers are able to charge. We appreciate that games are expensive to make these days, but £54.99 is daylight robbery, so if you're not happy about it, don’t pay it.

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