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Games Getting a Price Hike in Canada; inFamous: Second Son Jumps Up by $10; Titanfall Unaffected For Now

by on March 4, 2014 4:57 PM 26

Canadian gamers woke up to a bad surprise today, as video game prices are suffering from a sudden hike ($10 in average) due to the recent drop of the Canadian dollar compared to the US Dollar. The change is being operated across the board by all retailers (including digital stores like Sony’s SEN, while the Xbox store seems not to have applied the change yet) on upcoming titles.

The first big title affected seems to be inFAMOUS: Second Son, that jumped today from $59.99 to $69.99. The increased price also appeared on almost all games scheduled for release afterwards.

Titanfall, that will be released sooner, seems to be unaffected and remains priced at $59.99, and luckily consoles seem to be staying the same price as well, with the PS4 still sold for $400 and the Xbox One going for $500.

According to reports from Canadian gamers, those that pre-ordered the games affected by the price hike yeterday or earlier won’t have to pay the increased price. From now on, though, if you live in Canada your gaming hobby has just become more costly.

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  • Jewy McJew

    I am not just Jewy McJew, I also go by Canuck McHoser . And both McHoser and McJew are not happy about this for obvious reasons :)

  • ExTrooperBrenTurner

    Not everywhere. InFamous Second Son is still $59..99 here : https://www.videogamesplus.ca/product_info.php?products_id=21124
    Looks like the hike only happened on the PS Store, so far.

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      it’s on EBgames and Amazon too.

  • neko working

    BTW.. Hideki Kamiya-san from Platinum Games will announce their PS4 project in Japanese mags, next week :)
    https://twitter.com/PG_kamiya/statuses/440681519305089025

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      Knowing Kamiya, there’s a LARGE possibility that it’s a joke.

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      Yeah, he was definitely joking. I checked. That’s his usual answer (he uses it a lot) that translates pretty much to “I don’t wanna answer, so I’m making fun of you”

  • PhantomVash808

    Not cool Sony.

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      it’s not Sony.

      • PhantomVash808

        Sony is in charge of SEN prices and if Infamous is $69 on PSN they made that choice since they make the game. So I’m saying its not cool of Sony to raise the price of their own game.

  • The_Superior_Spider-Mon

    At least Sony are not charging taxes on digital games. If so I’m changing my province to Alberta to avoid the the 13% tax.
    I’ll wait for it to be free/rent on PS Plus.

  • vtech435

    Absolute bs way for them to make more money. We all know that if it was the other way around, they would’t lower they’re prices. Hopefully this doesn’t last too long though, as I remember prices were $69.99 here back in 2008/09.

  • Steph

    Did they say why the price hike?

    • vtech435

      Did you read the article? It’s because of the recent drop of the loonie

      • Steph

        No, why the hike on only games, not consoles.

        • vtech435

          I’m not 100% sure why that is, but I feel like it’s easier to get away with raising the price of games, not consoles. Who knows though, maybe they’ll increase that too

        • Stranger On The Road

          Note sure why, but it might have something to do with where they are being imported from. Consoles would usually come from China, while the the games get printed in Mexico or even the US itself.

          That being said, there is a chance that this is to do with the margin they have on the item; more expensive items have a different margin and might be able to survive a small exchange rate difference. While cheaper items would suffer from the slightest change.

          Any way, give them a week until everyone agree on the new price; then we will see if the console price would change or not.

  • Jecht_Sin

    What about the USD dropping compared to the Euro? Why not a price drop in Europe, then?

    • Stranger On The Road

      A question that had been asked donkey years ago; and still no one will give us an answer for. They notice the foreign currency’s value hike; but not the local currency’s value hike. What gives?!

  • Jdbevans

    this is why competition is good. Sony thinks they are running away with thing… Price hike

    • Bankai

      Yeah, because Sony is responsible for the drop in value of the Canadian dollar.

      • shinitaru

        They are! They’re also responsible for world hunger, the situation in the Middle East, global warming, etc…

  • Brian Adam Houtman

    This is happening for Wii U and 3DS titles as well, Donkey Kong Country TF is now $54.99, and the recent Professor Layton, and the upcoming Yoshi”s New Island are now $44.99. Booo!

  • Sobekflakmonkey

    This really pisses me off, everything in Canada is so f’n ridiculously expensive, I never say this….but I really hate being Canadian and living in Canada right now…I’m not buying games new anymore, waiting for everything to be in the bargain bin from now on.

    • Dallin Fisher

      Just buy your games off kijiji lol

  • flabeo

    This is a perfect example of why we need a push for more affordable digital distribution. Not the same jacked up price even though there’s little to no overhead cost.

    Because it doesn’t matter if it’s due to a strong or weak dollar at the end of the day.

    Higher prices will mean less sales and more piracy. Lower prices mean more “impulse” buys.

    A digital copy of the game should be $50 Maximum. This is still leaving more room for profit when you consider the cost it takes to print the disk, label, case, ship it out, pay EB or Walmart their cut and then loose out due to resale value.

    Hell by the time you remove all the overhead bs, a new game could probably sell for $30 and still put more money in Sony and the developers pocket.

  • Xx_Game-Virus_xX

    I live in Venezuela and it is even worse here than in Canada. You cant even buy digital games here and cd games are rarely even found. Plus a PS4 costs way more than it costs in dollars, 28,000 bolivares or more. I even have to put another country when creating accounts (steam, psn, app store, xbox live etc) as you cant buy digital games here. Believe me it is much worse here than there. ( people struggle to find basic things like toilet paper or milk and even if you find something it is ridiculously expensive. 1 bubble gum box costs aound 100 bolivares and if you search how many bolivares are 1 dollar, it is wrong. Right now 1 dollar is around 70 bolivares. only cheap thing is fuel which costs what would be less than a dollar. Just so you guys know how much worse venezuela is right now.

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