After the announcement of the 2K21 launch date and the $69.99 price tag, there was an uproar on social media and online platforms. Many wondered whether the costs of AAA games would shoot through the roof after 15 years. Certainly, yes! The new console generation will change a lot of things, including what you pay for games.
Interactive entertainment is expensive. The $60 price tag has been the norm for years, but expect the price to jump for every other video game as the next-generation console becomes a reality. The contrast is that even the movie ticket costs have been rising steadily in the past 15 years. Also, Netflix subscription costs are not where they were a few years ago.
The cost of developing video games doubled over the years between two console generations. Today, it costs about $80 million to $100 million to produce one AAA title, excluding marketing. It can also take close to 5 years to develop the title. Over the past and current generation, AAA games have grown in terms of quality and scope, and it’s understandable if 2K21 costs more.
Strauss Zelnick, the CEO of Take-Two, addressed the NBA 2K21 price issue after fans raised concerns. Here’s what he said.
“There hasn’t been a price increase for frontline titles for a really long time, despite the fact that it costs a great deal more to make those titles. And we think with the value we offer consumers… and the kind of experience you can really only have on these next-generation consoles, that the price is justified. But it’s easy to say that when you’re delivering extraordinary quality, and that’s what our company prides itself on doing.”
So, is NBA 2K21 worth the price? Take-Two invested a lot of time and ingenuity to create the most realistic basketball game. Come on! An extra $10 for such a great game is just fine. And if you want to improve your game experience, then MTStacks is a good place to buy NBA 2K21 MyTeam points.
(Contributed by Kevin Lanogwa; Edited by Hermes_Fang)