Amy Developer Polls Fans On Game Price

Amy Developer Polls Fans On Game Price

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Facebook poll asks potential Amy purchasers if a three dollar saving is worth a one week delay.

Something odd is going on with Amy's pricing structure. The upcoming survival-horror game, which bears a pleasant resemblance to ICO judging by what we've seen so far, was originally slated to cost $12.99 on PSN and 800 Microsoft points on XBLA. Now, people who've taken the time to look up the exchange rate for Microsoft's unintuitive moon-money will tell you that, in the US, 80 points equates into one dollar, meaning the PSN version would cost three dollars more than its XBLA counterpart.

The game's publisher, Lexis Numérique, puts the disparity down to the current exchange rate between the euro and the dollar. In Europe, 800 points cost around €10, which equates into $12.73 given the current exchange rate. While the prices are equal in Europe, they're slightly off-balance in the States.

The developer has responded to complaints about the pricing disparity by starting a Facebook poll, asking if players would rather pay the inflated price and receive the game on time, or have the price cut and face a delayed launch date. The price would be cut to $9.99 and the launch date set back by one week. Currently, the cheaper version holds 70% of the vote. So chances are Amy has been delayed by one week on PSN. The XBLA version is still on track for release this Wednesday.

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Europeans always pay more for their games.
it would have been nice to see Americans pay more for once.

saejox:
Europeans always pay more for their games.
it would have been nice to see Americans pay more for once.

It's not about "Americans paying more", its about an unnecessary disparity between 360 cost and PS3 cost. It would only "cost Americans more" IF and only if the PS3 version was the sole thing available here in the states.

Fact of the matter is, the game was being advertised to hell and back by Sony, and was originally billed as a PS3 exclusive if I remember right.
So for Microsoft (who has done nothing in terms of advertising the game on XBox Live) to have the cheaper version seems a little unfair to me, and obviously to others. This, by the way, coming from someone who owns both systems.

edit: Also, I'm not so sure a $3 difference is "small" when you compare the prices. That's darn close to a 33% increase in cost.

As an Xbox owner, it's times like this I'm glad the Germans invented the word schadenfreude.

DVS BSTrD:
As an Xbox owner, it's times like this I'm glad the Germans invented the word schadenfreude.

Exactly how I will feel when the game comes out on Steam and goes on a crazy sale.

While i think its a positive thing that the devs are doing something like this to get feedback from the community.. unless im missing something, why would delaying the game by 1 week on the ps3 mean they can sell it cheaper? Unless their logic is that delaying on the ps3 would shift sales the the xbox where they wouldnt loss any money... or something.. im tired :(

As an Australia, I really don't care about your games costing $3 more. We still have new games going for $90 - $110. = P

But it is interested how much of an impact the exchange rate can have on downloadable titles.

They need to balance this out. I think it wouldn't hurt them to do a bit of study to see how they can make it fair for everyone in any country while it balances out depending on the console or system in use (like PS3, or PC for example.) But anyhow if they did a special sale on the first day, that would also benefit to be honest.

I'm REALLY looking forward to this game. It looks great and I could use another good horror thrill ever since Amnesia.

Getting this for the Xbox 360 since it'll be $10 no matter what.

I honestly don't see the problem. Just change the price, release it a day later. While three dollars isn't that much, unless you are quite living hand to mouth in which case get rid of your fucking console!....one week isn't that long. That's nothing to the decade people waited for Duke Nukem Forever, or the five years between A Song of Ice and Fire books, or the decades between the Dark Tower books, or the seven years to get to the end of Lost. Or spending that time replaying an old game or two.

Okay, I just have to say it.

If three dollars is that big of a deal to you, do you really have enough money to be spending it on video games?

Three bucks people, three miserable little bucks.

saejox:
Europeans always pay more for their games.
it would have been nice to see Americans pay more for once.

What an irritatingly bitter sentiment. How about everyone pay an equivalent and fair price? Surely you'd survive with one less reason to act like a xenophobe.

This looks mildly interesting. Its a shame however that I cant play this on my PS3 due to Sony writing an illegal Terms of service agreement that prevents me from updating my ps3 and thus prevents me from accessing anything on the PSN at all (or even online play for that matter)

Here in Canada a $20 Microsoft point card only gets you 1400 points. meaning we get 70 points for the dollar. Problem is that we are still charged the same amount of points as americans. Which is extremely unfair and the reason why I have yet to get points on the Xbox.

saejox:
Europeans always pay more for their games.
it would have been nice to see Americans fix their money conversion bullshit.

fixed that for you.

Here in Canada a $20 Microsoft point card only gets you 1400 points. meaning we get 70 points for the dollar. Problem is that we are still charged the same amount of points as americans. Which is extremely unfair and the reason why I have yet to get points on the Xbox.

that's because Canadian dollar is worth less than American dollar.

Are people really griping over $3? I'm still on the fence about this one, not really got an inerest in horror games but we shall see. If theres a demo coming for PSN then I may just take a gander

I would recommend not spending either amount, I played the demo and the game is garbage.

 

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