Update: We asked 2K Sports whether NBA 2K21's increased price point would set a new precedent for the publisher's titles on the PlayStation 5. Here's its response: "2K’s suggested retail prices for its games are meant to represent the value being offered," an NBA 2K spokesperson said. "With nearly endless replay value and many new additions and improvements only possible on next-generation consoles, we believe our updated suggested retail price fairly represents the value of NBA 2K21."
Original Story: NBA 2K21 will cost $10 more on the PlayStation 5, suggesting next-gen games could be about to get more expensive. 2K Sports has attached an MSRP of $69.99 to the basketball simulation in the United States, while in the UK it will cost an eye-watering £64.99. That’s significantly more than the £54.99/$59.99 the publisher is pricing the PlayStation 4 version at.
It’s the first sign that PS5 software could cost more than its predecessor. Much like FIFA 21 and Madden NFL 21, there will be a free upgrade path for fans who purchase NBA 2K21 on PS4 to get the PS5 version, but you’ll need to cough up for the Kobe Bryant-branded Mamba Forever Edition, which costs £84.99/$99.99. It’s also worth noting that if you buy the aforementioned Mamba Forever Edition on PS4, you’ll only get access to the standard edition on PS5 and vice versa.
Console development costs have been escalating for some time, although controversial microtransactions and loot boxes were introduced to offset that. NBA 2K in particular has attracted strong criticism for its inclusion of VC, or Virtual Currency, which is earned in-game and can be boosted using real money to upgrade your character. Any VC you do earn in NBA 2K21 will be shared between PS5 and PS4, while your progress in MyTeam will carry across as well.
We’ll contact the publisher and see if we can try and get clarification on whether this new pricing scheme will apply to all of 2K Sports' next-gen titles, and we'll update if we get a response. How will this news potentially affect your purchasing plans, though? Let us know in the comments section below.