Factorio, developer Wube Software’s factory base-building strategy game, is getting permanently more expensive next week. Starting January 26th, the base price will increase from $30 to $35. According to the studio, the decision is to take inflation into account. The studio confirmed to GameSpot that the price change “will apply to all platforms,” including the Nintendo Switch.
During the early access phase, Factorio had a base price of $20, which increased to $30 after the release of version 1.0 in 2020. Since then, the PC version has remained at that price point, aside from occasional sales. But as Wube Software tweeted today, it’s an “adjustment to account for the inflation rate of the Steam release in 2016,” referring to the year early access began.
Next week, on Thursday 01/26/2023,
We will increase Factorio’s base price from $30 to $35.
This is an adjustment to account for inflation levels since the Steam release in 2016.
— Factorio (@factoriogame) January 20, 2023
The strategy title has received dozens of updates since its 1.0 release, with the last two arriving just last week. In late 2022, the developer launched a Nintendo Switch version — the game’s first console port, which also had a base price of $30 — which has also been supported ever since.
During an earnings briefing held in November, Nintendo management said the company has no plans to raise prices for the Nintendo Switch, but “will be monitoring the situation closely to determine if a raise is needed.” In terms of games, however, Xbox said its flagship new first-party titles – including Redfall and Starfield – will cost $69 at launch, joining Ubisoft in the process. It remains to be seen whether other independent studios will follow Wube Software’s decision in the near future.
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https://www.gamespot.com/articles/factorio-price-increase-steam-inflation-years-after-release/1100-6510750/?ftag=CAD-01-10abi2f Years after its release, Factorio’s price on Steam is increasing due to inflation