Nightdive Studios’ history is closely related to the System Shock franchise. The studio wouldn’t have existed if founder Stephen Kick was able to purchase System Shock 2. Hence, it seems fitting that the studio is releasing a complete remake of the game for modern consoles.
First announced in 2015, the System Shock remake is an action-adventure FPS just like the original. Originally, the game was going to release in 2020 but delays pushed this date to 2022. But, Nightdive Studios were not able to meet this release window either.
Right now no one has any idea when the anticipated remake of the 1994 game will come out. No release date is attached to the game but it is up on Steam for players to pre-order. Recently, the System Shock remake has had a major change in price on Steam which fans aren’t happy about.
- System Shock remakes price has seen a hefty increase in certain region on Steam
- Most of these regions are that with a poor economy
- The price is almost 8 times the suggested price in Argentina
Nightdive studios has changed the price of the game on Steam for the more poor regions. Some areas have seen a price increase on the platform and most of them are the less fortunate regions of Earth. As you can see in the graph below the price has increased more than 8 times for certain countries.
On the right side of the graph is the price Steam suggests for the game. And, you can see the current price of the System Shock remake on the left and compare how much the increase is. There isn’t much difference in most of the regions but some prices are staggering.
For example, in Argentina the price of the game is 854% of the Steam price recommendation. Steam suggests the game to have a price of ARS$ 439,99 Pesos but the price is ARS$ 4199,00. Hence, the System Shock Remake is priced 8 times more in Argentina.
Notably Nightdive Studios has only increased the price of the game to this extent in more deficient regions. You have to buy System Shock for 2 times its price in Colombia, Indonesia, South Asia, Brazil and India. So, only the more less fortunate regions financially have seen this hefty increase in price.
System Shock remake has a pretty fair price in the US as compared to other games. Its only $40 which isn’t a lot for a modern game even though it isn’t AAA. But, further increasing the prices specifically in regions where players will have difficulty to afford it is not a good move.
No doubt gaming is a business at the end of the day, but every player should have an equal opportunity to play games. Hopefully, this doesn’t become a trend for gaming studios.
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