Y’know, we understand what publisher Nacon’s trying to do here, but it’s probably not the best idea considering the shaky standing the series already finds itself. So let’s break it down for you: Tennis World Tour 2 costs $39.99/£44.99 depending on what region you purchase it from. Now ignoring the obvious exchange rate issues, that’s ultimately less than most new releases. However, there’s a catch: you’ll need to pay more for licensed venues like Roland-Garros.
So, for £54.99/$59.99, you can get the Tennis World Tour 2 Ace Edition, which includes the Official Tournaments and Stadia Pack as part of an Annual Pass. There’s also the promise of further content that will be added in the future. This is more in line with the standard cost of a new game.
In the eyes of Nacon, you’re getting more options: you can buy the cheaper version if you don’t care about the licensed venues, or you can opt for the full-price edition with the Annual Pass and get the additional content. Unfortunately for the French firm, fans are more likely to see the French Open locked behind a paywall, and are unlikely to see the value of the “cheaper” option. It’s a bit of an unforced error in our opinion.
Nevertheless, said licensed venues include three famous courts from Roland-Garros: Philippe-Chatrier, Suzanne-Lenglen, and Simonne-Mathieu. You’ll also get the Mutua Madrid Open’s Manolo Santana court and the OWL Arena in Halle if you pay the premium price point. It’s a weird one, this – we imagine it’s going to deter more people than attracts, even if there’s actually cheaper option available for those that don’t necessarily want the branded courts.