Some people who have preordered Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered on Steam may have a discount due to the initially too high price of the game in several countries. In detail, these are New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Australia, Poland, Norway, Switzerland and Israel. The price, in these countries, was originally set at 64.99 euros and has been reduced to 59.99. All those who want to recover these five euros will have to cancel the order and do it again before 12 August.
While this strategy is useful for saving players some money, the way to get the discount is perplexing. In fact, there is a strong risk that many players unaware of the price change will end up paying Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered more than the launch cost. It is also interesting to see how games adapt to market needs, recognizing that they have reached too high prices. However, it could also protect the customer more effectively. For example, Sony recently offered players of Horizon Forbidden West and many other titles the ability to freely upgrade the PS4 version of the game to the PS5 version. However, the Japanese company continues to sell both versions separately, with the PS5 one set at a higher price.
Furthermore, in June it was discovered that Modern Warfare 2 it was asking Argentine players 820% more than Valve’s recommended price, calculated based on numerous aspects of the countries’ economies. The stock was also sold for over 500% of the recommended price on the Turkish market. Hence, the case of Spider-Man it is by no means an isolated episode but it is in an interesting trend of recent periods.
Meanwhile, many subscription services, mostly video streaming, are adjusting their monthly rates. An example related to gaming is the recent drop in Xbox Game Pass prices in the UAE. On the other hand, in Italy, many services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime are increasing the costs of their subscriptions. Finally, there has also recently been talk of PS5 sales and the possibility of increasing its cost per unit.