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You Get To Help Decide Amy’s Price On XBLA And PSN


Lexis Numerique are asking fans to vote on what they think survival horror title, Amy, should cost on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network.


Amy initially cost more on the PlayStation Network ($12.99), while it was only 800 points ($10) on Xbox Live Arcade. Lexis Numerique CEO, José Sanchis, explains:


“We decided to have a new approach to digital distribution by proposing heavy content at a very reasonable price because we believe price is a key issue, especially during hard economic times. Indeed, we believe Amy could have been sold a little bit higher. However, the issue we have to deal with is that a price in MS points doesn’t have the same value in all countries. Indeed, because of fluctuations between the dollar and the euro, 800 MS points are currently worth $10 in the US but €10 in Europe, which is about $12.8.


“As we have the same price in MS Points in all countries, there will be a difference of pricing whatever decision we make between countries and/or platforms. The pricing scheme we announced enables everyone to buy the game at a reasonable price with great value for the money, with an even greater deal for the XBLA gamers who indeed have it cheaper.”


Bottom line, you get to help decide how much Amy should cost. You can do that via a Facebook app that Lexis Numerique have set up.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.