Gamers have known about the price of the PlayStation 3 since E3 (except in Japan, where the price was recently cut), but the costs of the system's games have been up in the air. The cat may be out of the bag now, as the online Sony Style store now has listings for seven games, all priced at $59.99.
Shoppers can now preorder Ubisoft's Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII, Activision's Tony Hawk Project 8, Call of Duty 3, and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog and Full Auto 2: Battlelines, as well as Sony Online Entertainment's Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom.
The pricing of Untold Legends may reveal what future PS3 owners feared--that first-party games would retail for the same price as third-party games. Microsoft currently prices new release first-party games for its Xbox 360 at $49.99, $10 cheaper than the $59.99 tag on third-party games. First-party Wii games have also been confirmed to sell at $49.99.
The price falls in line with what Activision CEO Robert Kotick said at a Merrill Lynch Media and Entertainment Conference earlier this month. "We have not seen a lot of consumer resistance at the higher price points, and we expect that all of our next-generation products will be launched at $60 price points," Kotick said.
Sony has not yet come forth and officially made an announcement regarding the pricing of PS3 games, first-party or otherwise. It should also be noted that while the games are priced at a Sony store, they are for preorders only and prices could change between now and the game's release. Sony had not responded to requests for confirmation as of press time.
Though the PS3 launches in the US on November 17, eager gamers may be able to get their hands on PS3 games before then. Six of the games are listed as releasing before November 17, including Untold Legend's early bird date of November 2. This isn't anything new--Xbox 360 games beat the Xbox 360 to market before its launch last year.