Through inflation and increased development costs, the transition to new hardware sometimes signals a higher price tag for the games themselves. Both Microsoft and Sony have assured that their first-party titles will remain at $59.99, the standard price established on current-gen systems. Based on retail listings, it appears third-party publishers plan to follow suit as well.
"I can confirm that Microsoft Studios games on Xbox One will be $59.99 (MSRP)," a company representative told Polygon. When we asked Sony if their pricing will follow, they responded: "Correct, we have announced the pricing for our first party line up of PS4 launch and launch window games. All four titles, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Driveclub, Knack, and inFamous Second Son are all $59.99."
But what about third-party retailers? Most publishers have not publicly commented on their pricing plans yet, however online retailers like Amazon and GameStop have also been offering next-gen game pre-orders with the $59.99 price tag. Due to pre-order price guarantees, these retailers would be locked into these prices, so it only makes sense for online retailers to take those steps if they're relatively certain those prices are final.
Shacknews has contacted third-party publishers for comment on their pricing plans for next-gen.