As often happens on the internet, a lot of people engaged in some furious ranting following the most recent announcement regarding No Man's Sky. At long last, Sony and Hello Games have uncovered the day that this highly (HIGHLY) anticipated game is set to arrive on PS4 and PC. June 21, 2016 marks the day that the world can lose themselves in the seemingly endless expanses of the universe, but some weren't too happy with the news that followed.
No Man's Sky is set to release at $60, in other words, full retail price. This is the amount we've all become accustomed to paying for triple A titles, like the upcoming Uncharted 4, Dark Souls 3, Quantum Break or Final Fantasy 15. But due to No Man's Sky's "indie status" some players are outraged over this seemingly unfair price tag. But is it unfair?
No Man's Sky Release Date & Price Tag Revealed
Here are some of the comments you're likely to find regarding the price tag attached to No Man's Sky:
- "This game went from "Oh my God this looks this amazing, We've never had something like this before" to "60 Dollars!? What else am I gonna be doing?" which is just poor business. I was rooting for this game but it looks like they're going for less informed console gamers. Until they announce modding or some real multiplayer features then I don't care how good this game is it won't be worth $60 to me."
- "$60 is a bit steep for a game currently without multiplayer."
- "Way too expensive. Should've been $30, $40 tops."
- "They haven't shown me anything that's even remotely close to the "60 Bucks Mark". Flying, planetary exploration, mining and shooting is all they've shown in these last 3 years... I don't know how that's worth 60 bucks."
- "$60 for digital media is insane. Guess I'm waiting for a Steam Sale, eh?"
- $60?! GO FUCK YOURSELF. Sellouts. outrage"
This barely scratches the surface, but it's clear that there's certainly a portion of the gaming community that feel this price tag is too high for a game like [No Man's Sky](tag:2684052). This is where the likes of Simon Miller step in.
Simon cleverly hooks you in with an angle that seems to depict his rage over the price plan for [No Man's Sky](tag:2684052). This is anything but. Miller comes at us strong, questioning those who believe this game isn't worth the price tag that Hello Games and Sony have deemed it to be.
We've no idea what went into No Man's Sky, as Miller says "Hello Games can charge whatever they want for No Man's Sky, it's their game. It's their work! It's their product! It's their blood! It's their sweat! It's their tears! Maybe literally as far as I know. I don't know, I don't work there! Maybe everything got really weird one day." And you know what? He's right. If Hello Games believe this game is worth $60, who are we to argue with them? Especially since we haven't even played it yet. This leads to Miller's conclusion: "The Only Thing Wrong With No Man's Sky's Pricing, Is You!"
Let's take a look at Gamespot's take on the story.
In a new video, entitled "What's The Price of Mysetry?", Gamespot's Danny O'Dwyer takes on the issue of pricing with video games and how much we're willing to pay for a product we know little about:
"Gaming, more than any other media, requires its fans to arm themselves with information ahead of the game's release so that they can make informed purchasing decisions. But there's a problem with this relationship.
It feeds a marketing cycle which has all but killed the mystery behind games. Gone are the days were we don't know practically everything to do with a video game before it's released [...] So perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that gamers around the world are balking at the $60 price tag that's been put on No Man's Sky; a game that, aside from out of context gameplay, we really don't know all that much about."
It's true. There are so many games out now a days and so many titles for us to spend our hard earned money on that we've become cynical. We analyze a game to death in order to make sure we're not disappointed after having spent $60 on a triple A product.
Danny thinks that the developers of No Man's Sky are a commendable bunch for how they've marketed this fascinating game.
"By keeping their cards close to their chest, they're attempting to protect the mystery around how the game plays."
And this is praise worthy. They're attempting to protect us from our own rabid curiosity and invite us to experience something we'll discover on our own. It's a rarity in modern gaming, and surely that's something we should all celebrate as fans of the industry. But is that experience worth $60 to you? Let us known in the comments below!