- Square Enix has raised the launch prices of PC games;
- The players got upset and voiced their mind. In response to the protest, the publisher removed the price from the game tab of FF VII Remake on Epic Games Store.
Square Enix has decided to push through higher prices for the PC versions of its games, starting with Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade and Forspoken, which are priced at $69.99 for the basic editions (Deluxe editions are correspondingly more expensive: $95). The move did not sit well with the gaming community, which decided to respond.
PC gamers were only half successful. While the price of Forspoken on Steam remained unchanged, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade's tab on Epic Games Store hid the price, and at this point there is no option to pre-order. It's unclear whether Square Enix will ultimately change the price for both, neither, or perhaps only FF VII Remake, which seems to be getting more community attention.
The whole situation is funny (although it's a laugh through tears), because in 2019, during the launch of Epic Games Store, Tim Sweeney announced that thanks to his store, PC gamers would be able to buy games cheaper (among other things, due to a lower commission: 12% against the market standard 30%). As we can see in hindsight - PR statements rarely translate into reality.
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