….it never works out 1 to 1 does it?
Here in the UK we are used to getting slightly ripped off for new game prices – especially in the digital space. When a digital only game releases over here and it’s going to be $20 that usually equates to an almost guarantee that it will be £15 or £15.99 on the UK store. Sometimes though, things happen that go a step further into the bizarre.
One of these times happened yesterday with the release of Ready At Dawn’s new game Deformers. As you know I have been banging on about this game a bit recently after playing through the beta’s and having a whale of a time but due to my PC not being the greatest I was holding out for the PS4 version.
What I saw though, baffled me no end. The game is $30 in the USA, so I instantly thought “£24.99” – bang on! Has to be! Right? WRONG! It was £34.99! £34.99! As of today’s conversion rate $30 equates to £23.41 so where does that extra £11.58 come from? It certainly isn’t tax or VAT – it’s far to much, and that only answers half the question.
On the PS4 store it is £34.99
On the Xbox One store it is £29.99
And on Steam it is £29.99
So my question here is – how in the blue hell is this worked out? In the UK we are not totally un-used to paying a literal conversion where game developers replace the dollar sign with a pound sign and be done with it. That’s not the problem here though. If they are going to charge £29.99 for two versions of the game on two seperate platforms – why are PlayStation users paying an extra £5 for the same game, same content, same everything! But only in the UK…it seems to be $29.99 across the board in the USA! We need answers on this GameTrust or Ready at Dawn, whoever is responsible!
I have reached out to both companies seeking and explanation but as of yet have had no response. If I do receive one I will update this post with it – hopefully they come out and clarify this mess.