With the Rand at a rather low point in its history, it should come as no surprise that the cost of imported goods are going up as it has lost significant ground against the Euro, dollar and pound.
As such, it looks like gamers are looking at paying R1000+ for new titles if they want to buy the “season pass” that every game seems to offer these days. Dark Souls III is one such game, as proven by our recent discovery of its local pricing.
Here are the prices for the base game. That is, with no extras whatsoever.
|Animeworx||R 960||R 1 090||R 1 090|
|BT Games*||R 899||R 978||R 978|
The bad news doesn’t end there, not even close. You may notice BT Games as an asterisk next to their name, and for good reason. While they may look like they’re offering a good deal, the prices above are their discounted amounts for pre-orders. If you want those prices you need to get your name down and pick up the game (and pay) within a time limit, usually a week following the launch. If you want the game past that time, you’ll be paying more.
Oh, and don’t forget that Dark Souls III has a Season Pass (because of course it does) as well as a ‘Digital Deluxe’ edition which packages the Season Pass along with the game. Looking at the prices on Steam as well as the local PlayStation and Xbox store, they will cost the following:
|Season Pass||R 269||N/A||N/A|
|Deluxe Edition||R 1 068||R 1 149||R 1 149|
As of right now, you can’t purchase the Season Pass on console as it’s only available with the Deluxe Edition.
Don’t be too hard on the retailers, though – this is purely economics at work. Buying and importing games when they’re priced in Euros is always going to be tough when our currency slumps, and retailers can’t not raise their prices otherwise they’re going to go out of business or stop carrying games altogether (and nobody wants that).
From what we’ve heard, margins on games in SA are quite low as it is, so naturally base cost increases have to be passed on to the consumer. How South Africans will respond to the increases, however, remains to be seen.
Lastly, here’s some more food for thought to end off on: consoles cost around R6 000 at the moment. If you buy a new game per month, after six months and with a meagre library of six titles, your games would cost about the same amount as the hardware used to play them.
Oh, how we miss the heady days of R8 to the dollar, and R11 to the Euro.
Dark Souls III is due out on PS4, Xbox One and PC on the 12th of April, so you have just under two months to save up. Good luck.