2K, the publisher behind the upcoming NBA 2K21 basketball game, has revealed that the game will be £5 more expensive to purchase on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X than on the current generation of consoles.
The standard version of the game will cost £64.99 on next-generation consoles, while PS4 and Xbox One users will have to pay £59.99.
2K will also release a special 'Mamba Forever' version of the game celebrating the achievements of LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter accident in January.
Players using the 'Mamba Forever' edition will receive 100,000 of the game’s virtual currency and 10,000 MyTEAM points, along with exclusive jerseys, shoes and cards.
The commemorative Kobe version of the game is set to cost the same amount on both console generations and will set players back a whopping £84.99. The PC and Google Stadia versions of the game will cost £10 less.
The prices published by 2K are recommended prices, meaning retailers may charge different amounts for the game when it’s released.
The PS4 and Xbox One version of the game will be released on September 4, while the next-generation edition is expected to be out in time for Christmas.
2K told the BBC that the game has been “built from the ground up for next-generation consoles,” but did not specify how the game will be different on next-generation devices.
Discussing the game’s value for money, 2K said: "We believe our suggested retail price for NBA 2K21 on next-generation platforms fairly represents the value of what's being offered: power, speed and technology that is only possible on new hardware."
Games industry analyst Piers Harding-Rolls explained the price difference and what this means for gamers, saying: "It is commonplace for games on new platforms to cost more than the older platforms, but the situation is made more complex because of backwards compatibility on Xbox Series X and PS5."
Players who buy the deluxe version on PS4 or Xbox One will receive access to the standard version of the game on PS5 or Xbox Series X.
The same will apply for players who purchase the deluxe version on next-generation consoles, who will be given the standard edition for their PS4 or Xbox One.
2K is the first publisher to announce game prices for next-generation hardware, so it remains to be seen if there will be a similar price increase for other popular sports games.
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