Factorio is one of those games that came out a long time ago, but I’m hearing about it everywhere lately as it’s gained steam and a larger player base over the years. The base-building strategy game first appeared on Steam in 2016, and its sustained popularity, in my opinion, owes to some great game design. Now, seven years later, creators Wube Software have announced that Factorio’s pricing on Steam would be increased from $30 to $35, citing inflation as the reason.
When it was in early access on Steam in 2016, the game cost $20; when version 1.0 was released in 2020, the price climbed to $30. According to Wube’s tweet, this modification will take effect on January 26, 2023. The creators have posted a remark to their Steam page saying, “We don’t have any intentions to participate in a sale or to cut the price for the foreseeable future” – and this message is in place before the price hike takes effect.
Wube’s announcement follows a slew of other inflation-driven pricing increases, whether for other games, consoles, or streaming services. This is the first time I’ve seen a well-known indie game raise their pricing (we’ve seen this in the AAA sector for a while now with the new $70 norm), but I think it’s a trend that will take on.
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