A scorching potato: Think about a recreation that got here out seven years in the past, has by no means taken half in a Steam sale, and is now getting a worth enhance. One may think such a state of affairs inflicting common outcry amongst followers, however not when stated recreation is Factorio.
Like most merchandise at this time, Factorio’s worth is rising—from $30 to $35—on account of inflation. Recreation costs are going up as extra titles undertake the brand new $70 base worth, however it’s unusual to see one launched in 2016 get a hike, particularly because it has by no means been decreased in one in every of Steam’s many annual gross sales occasions.
Factorio had a $20 base worth throughout its time in early entry, which went as much as $30 in 2020 when model 1.0 was released. Builders beforehand defined why the sport would by no means be a part of a Steam sale, and it is one thing many individuals can relate to: the devs do not need to reward those that maintain off from shopping for Factorio at full worth to allow them to get it cheaper afterward; most of us know the annoyance of shopping for a recreation at full worth just for it to be discounted a couple of weeks or months later.
“In case you assume it [Factorio] is priced too excessive, then it’s your option to not buy, and we hope that with sufficient time, and further improvement, we can persuade you of its worth,” wrote the builders.
Factorio’s $5 worth enhance was introduced on Twitter on January 20, six days earlier than being applied. Response from many of the group has been very constructive, with many commentators asking for extra methods to assist the sport; it has by no means had any microtransactions or costly in-game DLC (you should buy the soundtrack for $7).
Good day Engineers,
Subsequent week, on Thursday twenty sixth January 2023,
We are going to enhance the bottom worth of Factorio from $30 to $35.
That is an adjustment to account for the extent of inflation for the reason that Steam launch in 2016.
— Factorio (@factoriogame) January 20, 2023
One more reason many individuals aren’t offended concerning the worth bounce is that Factorio is a superb recreation. It is acquired a Very Optimistic ‘Latest Evaluations’ score on Steam (‘all Evaluations’ are Overwhelmingly Optimistic), 90 on Metacritic, and PC Gamer gave it 91%. Paying $35 is an effective deal for the variety of hours of enjoyment it can carry.
Not everyone seems to be okay with paying an additional $5, although. There are round 150 current detrimental opinions on Steam complaining concerning the worth hike and Factorio’s aversion to gross sales occasions.