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Microsoft games like Starfield will cost $70 starting next year

Company says new price ceiling reflects “technical complexity” of major games.

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Enlarge / Blasting off to new frontiers of pricing.

Microsoft has become the latest big-name publisher to jump to a $70 asking price for the launch of big-budget games. The company said in a statement to IGN that the new pricing will start in 2023 for games built for the Xbox Series X/S and will include titles like Starfield, Redfall, and the next Forza Motorsport.

A $70 MSRP “reflects the content, scale, and technical complexity of these titles,” a Microsoft spokesperson told IGN.

Despite the price increase for a la carte purchases, Microsoft isn’t currently raising the price of its Game Pass subscriptions, which include launch day access to all of Microsoft’s first-party titles. Speaking at a WSJ Live event last month, though, Xbox chief Phil Spencer said he thought that “at some point we’ll have to raise some prices on certain things…”

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