Kalypso Media have announced something quite lovely. Since they're doing so well, they've decided that going forward they will be charging less for new and existing games.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with a shift to digital games instead of boxes copies and sales of their developed and published games doing so well they've now set a price-point for all future new PC releases at €39.99 / $39.99 / £34.99.
"We have been able to increase our digital sales and, above all, margins in recent months, while physical sales in traditional retail have slumped due to the COVID-19 situation. Currently, we do not expect this trend to reverse even after the pandemic. Most of our fans buy or stream games, primarily, digitally, so it is very likely that sales of physical products will continue to decline, saving us costs in manufacturing, logistics and distribution," said Simon Hellwig, CEO of Kalypso.
They've already dropped the price of the recent Spacebase Startopia to match their new pricing plan, and they've gone back and done the same for Tropico 6 too. So at least with future games published by Kalypso, you know what they're going to cost you.
Would be nice to see more developers of bigger games do this, once they reach a certain stage of profit to reduce the cost of their games overall. Saying that though, even games less than a year old end up with huge discounts through the great many sales across the likes of Steam, GOG and Humble. Some even end up in a Humble Bundle for next to nothing.