PS5 price hike, KOTOR Remake, MultiVersus… the business news of the week

business news PS5 price hike, KOTOR Remake, MultiVersus… the business news of the week

Sales figures, studio purchases, financial statements, developer transfer window, investments… if these topics interest you, you’ve come to the right place. We offer you an update on last week’s business news.

Summary

  • Sony has raised the price of the PS5 in France and other countries
  • Star Wars KOTOR Remake Changes Hands
  • MultiVersus: 20 million players and highest sales
  • Briefly on the week’s business news

Sony has raised the price of the PS5 in France and other countries

This is an unprecedented decision taken by Sony this week: the increase in the price of a console that was released almost two years ago. The PS5 has actually seen its price increase in seven markets, including Europe, where it is now necessary to count 549.99 € to get a model with a Blu-ray player, and 449.99 € for the Digital Edition. A change justified by Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, due to “the global economic environment”marked by “high rate of inflation as well as bad trends in the values ​​of different currencies, affecting consumers and causing some pressure in many industries”.

“Due to these difficult economic conditions, SIE has made the difficult decision to increase the recommended retail price of the PlayStation 5 in certain markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, as well as in Canada. no price increase in the United States”details of the CEO of PlayStation-Blog. So the United States is the only major market that is not concerned. Undoubtedly for a question of the exchange rate, the euro fell below the parity threshold of the dollar. Detailed below, the new prices are now in effect, except in Japan where the increase will take place on September 15.

Europe

  • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray player – €549.99
  • PS5 Digital Edition – €449.99

UK

  • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray drive – £479.99
  • PS5 Digital Edition – £389.99

Japan (from September 15, 2022)

  • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray drive – ¥54,980
  • PS5 Digital Edition – ¥44,980

China

  • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray drive – ¥4,299 yuan
  • PS5 Digital Edition – ¥3,499 yuan

australian

  • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray drive – $799.95 AUD
  • PS5 Digital Edition – AU$649.95

Mexico

  • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray drive – MXN $14,999
  • PS5 Digital Edition – MXN$12,499

Canada

  • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray drive – CAD $649.99
  • PS5 Digital Edition – $519.99 CAD

This increase comes as the PS5 remains hard to find in stores. Jim Ryan remembers that too “(our) top priority remains to improve the PS5 supply situation”.

Last month, we also saw the price of the Meta Quest 2 virtual reality headset increase by 100 euros for the same reasons. “The cost of making our products has gone up”featured Mark Zuckerberg’s company in its press release.

Earlier this week, Sony confirmed that PSVR 2 will be available in early 2023, but its price has not been determined. The company also revealed the high-end DualSense Edge controller, again without announcing the price.

To note that Confirmed by Microsoft, in the columns of Windows Centralis not planning a price increase for its Xbox Series. At his side, Nintendo has already said it has no intention of increasing the price of the Switch earlier this month from Nikkei

Star Wars KOTOR Remake Changes Hands

PS5 price hike, KOTOR Remake, MultiVersus… the business news of the week

Last week, Embracer Group announced that one of its AAA projects was being transferred to another member of the studio’s extended family, without being too specific. All eyes naturally turned to Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) Remake, which has been known to be problematic since the revelations made by Jason Schreier last July.

This is also the Bloomberg journalist who took his pen to confirm the matter: first trusted by the Texans of Aspyr, who worked on it for more than two years, the reinvention of the cult RPG is now in the hands of “one of Saber Interactive’s Eastern European studios”. A not surprising transfer given that the management of Saber Interactive had already announced, in July, that it would come as reinforcements before the development concerns were brought to light.

According to Schreier’s sources, Executives from Embracer, Disney, and Sony—who invested in the project by giving themselves a temporary console exclusive—were all unhappy with the project’s progress. This is the first time that Aspyr, founded in 1996 and acquired by Embracer in early 2021, has been given a project of this magnitude, the studio having mainly worked on ports and remasters in the past. Saber Interactive, whose studios distinguish themselves by signing World War Z, SnowRunner, Evil Dead The Game or even the Switch port of The Witcher 3, seems to have a lot of resources to meet the many expectations surrounding the game.

No doubt this change will have a significant impact on the development schedule. Announced in September 2021, the game does not yet have an official release date, but it should not land for at least two years according to Schreier.

MultiVersus: 20 million players and highest sales

PS5 price hike, KOTOR Remake, MultiVersus… the business news of the week

Launched in open beta a month ago, the free-to-play MultiVersus has attracted more than 20 million players, Office has partnered Warner Bros. this week. Obviously, the whole challenge for the American firm is to keep this base of players in the long term and make them send the sirens of microtransactions.

Apparently many of them have already taken the credit card. MultiVersus climbed to the top of the July sales chart in the United States thanks to its Founder’s Packs, retails between €39.99 and €99.99. Thus it overtakes Elden Ring, which has dominated the ranking since its release in February, LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga, Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Call of Duty Vanguard, MLB The Show 22, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Digimon Survive, Minecraft and F1 22.

Building an elective roster of popular characters from several Warner Bros licenses (DC Comics, Looney Toones, Game of Thrones…), MultiVersus will evolve over the course of its content, with for example with the arrival of Rick & Morty, Black Adam and Stripe in season 1.

For Warner Bros, this achievement is in addition to LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga, the second best-selling game of the year in the United States behind Elden Ring and ahead of Pokémon Legends Arceus, Horizon Forbidden West and MLB The Show 22 And the American company will end the year in style with the release of Gotham Knights, scheduled for October 21. What is the compensation for the postponements of Hogwarts Legacy and Suicide Squad, both postponed to 2023.

Briefly on the week’s business news

  • And 4 million sales for Sunbreak, the extension of Monster Hunter Rise which reached 11 million.
  • Bethesda veterans founded the Something Wicked studiowhich revealed its open-world RPG wyrdsong at gamescom. The team is led by Jeff Gardinerwho worked for almost 15 years at Bethesda on Skyrim, Fallout 3, Fallout 4 and Fallout 76, as well as Charles Staples, who worked on Fallout New Vegas and Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds. The Chinese Giant NetEase invested $13.2 million in the studio.
  • Great start for Farthest Frontier, the city builder from Crate Entertainment (Grim Dawn), which has achieved more than 250,000 sales since its early access release on Steam on August 9th.
  • the FOR SALE opens a 100% Switch top 5 for week 32 of the best physical sales in France. We’ve seen the likes of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Strikers Battle League Football, Nintendo Switch Sports, Animal Crossing New Horizons and Xenoblade Chronicles 3.
  • Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Legacy of Kain or even Thief is now officially in the hands of the Embracer Group, which has completed the acquisition of Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal, announced last May.

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