As the first Formula 1 game published by EA, F1 2021 expects price increases compared to previous titles in several countries outside of the United States.
The F1 2021 will have price increases in several countries compared to its 2020 version, according to Twitter user RobotBrush. The graph accompanying the tweet shows a general upward trend in prices for Codemasters' Formula 1 racing simulation game outside of the United States.
The upcoming F1 2021 is the official video game of the Formula 1 and Formula 2 championship series and will be the 14th title in the series. Last year, developer Codemasters was bought by EA for $1,2 billion, and F1 2021 will be one of the first games produced by the duo when it launches on July 16.
The graph posted on Twitter shows some significant price increases, for example, players looking to buy the game in China should expect an increase of around 1,5 times (roughly the equivalent of $14) compared to the price of the game. F1 2020 . The country most affected will be Argentina, whose players will see an increase in price about five times compared to the previous game (the equivalent of about $30 USD). For F1 2020, 35 countries were priced below the US sales price, but due to that increase F1 2021 saw that number drop to just 18 countries, according to RobotBrush.
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The price increase is likely to come as a surprise to participants in affected countries as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is not doing well for the global economy. The exact reasoning behind the price increase remains unclear as EA has yet to make official comments on the matter.
There is no particular reason to doubt the legitimacy of the list, but reactions should be moderated until more evidence is available. That said, if RobotBrush's post is true, then it's an interesting time for a price hike. This is EA's first Formula 1 game and will therefore be its introduction to players in the long-running franchise.
This information may be inaccurate or exaggerated. Price hikes aren't unheard of in the gaming industry, but what's confusing here is the timing given that EA just acquired Codemasters and entered the franchise. As gamers wait for F1 2021, it will be interesting to see if sales outside of the United States take any significant dips because of this.
F1 2021 will be available on July 16 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X.