Rock Band Dev Still Defends US/UK Price Difference
Harmonix is still stubbornly claiming the huge discrepancy in the price of Rock Band for the US and the UK is justifiable. Design director Rob Kay attempted to sympathize with disappointed UK gamers in a recent interview.
The price is worked out in collaboration between us, distributors and retailers. I’m from the UK, I understand the whole ‘Why is it that all consumer electronics I buy have the same number, but with the dollar sign replaced with a pound sign?’ thing. I feel the pain: the price is kind of frightening. I don’t mean to make excuses, but there’s VAT, prices in the US don’t include tax, and things like that. We wanted to give people a choice, though: splash £50 on the game and use any USB microphone to sing. Or you could get drums or guitar.
The retail for Rock Band with all the peripherals included is $169 in the states, so UK gamers would be getting a better deal if, as Kay said, the pound sign merely replaced the dollar sign. The game is being retailed at £200 which is $392.92.
Personally, the very thought of buying Rock Band without any of the peripherals, even if I owned a USB microphone, is ludicrous. SingStar‘s a better buy on the wallet and comes with two microphones. Harmonix isn’t fooling anyone but themselves.
via Next Generation