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Critically acclaimed base building hit Factorio is an odd duck. Since its release on Steam in 2016, the game has never gone on sale. And now, the developer behind Factorio changes the price of its popular game but does not receive a discount. Instead, the price jumps by $5 next week. Developers have blamed inflation for the sudden price hike, and interestingly, the overall reaction from the community has been mostly positive.
Since its release seven years ago on Steam, Factorio is a popular game even though it never, ever goes on sale. On the game’s Steam page, it straight up has a disclaimer letting people know that its developers have no plans to “participate in a sale or reduce the price in the foreseeable future.” This will continue to be the case after it rises from $30 to $35 on January 26.
“This is an adjustment to account for the level of inflation since Steam launched in 2016.” the official Factorio Twitter account tweeted. You might expect a flood of angry responses from players, but it seems like the developers have done a good job of being transparent with their community, such as giving them plenty of warning about the upcoming price change. Factorio it also avoids microtransactions and other exploitative or expensive DLC. The bottom line is that not only are people fine with this price increase, but many are suggesting that the studio is offering more ways for players to help financially support the game.
“Okay, but now give me a supplement to spend more money [on] this game!” one player tweeted. “Honestly, I’d like to see other ways to support the game since I already own it,” another fan tweeted.
You might be wondering why a studio would never allow their game to be part of a Steam sale for nearly a decade. According to the creators of Factorio in 2016 Forum Postit’s about respecting the players who bought the game, not rewarding people who “hold off” on buying it at a lower price.
“If you think [Factorio is] the price is too high, then it’s your choice not to buy, and hopefully with enough time and further development we’ll be able to convince you of its value.
Factorio isn’t the only game on Steam making changes to make more money as the economy continues to spiral downward. Military shooter Squad goes back to the promise its developers made that it would never make paid DLC or cosmetics. In an upcoming update, Squad will receive its first paid DLC in the form of new emotions in the game.
Here’s what the team behind the milsim online shooter had to do say on Steam for the new, upcoming paid cosmetics:
When we look to the future, we see a long and healthy life Squad. It has a large and specialized player base. We have plans for more updates and to support the game beyond 2023. While many of these planned updates will be free, we also realize that we need a way to continue to fund the development of Squad. Paid content like emotes is one such way to help fund this development and continue our work to improve the game.
Compared to how people reacted to Factoriowith price increase, the response from SquadThe player community is far less positive, with some feeling betrayed after being promised it wouldn’t happen. However, some were more open to the new option, understanding that developing a game isn’t easy or free, and that at some point studios need a way to bring in more revenue to keep the lights on. This is especially true as inflation continues to be a problem around the world.
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