When prices for the Director’s Cut of Deux Ex: Human Revolution first went up at online retailers, some were puzzled to see that the Wii U version of the game (originally set to be exclusive for Nintendo’s next-gen console) was priced at $49.99. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions were set at $29.99, a difference of $20. It appears to be the final set price, as Nintendo Everything has confirmed so with Square Enix.
For what reason it costs an extra $20 for the Wii U version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut is unclear, but it is not a good sign for Nintendo. It has already gone through some terrible times with third party support, even with their staunch supporters at Ubisoft. Now, not only does the Wii U loses exclusivity on yet another title (following in the footsteps of Rayman Legends), but it costs even more than the 7th generation versions, which will ensure its demise on the platform.
Knowing that the Nintendo Wii U has such a small install base almost a year after its November 2012 launch (~3.61 million as of June 2013), it is a little damned if you do, damned if you don’t for Square Enix. Even though Deus Ex: Human Revolution was promised to the console, the amount of sales required to break even on the porting (taking into account changing play to utilize the GamePad) would be unfeasible, requiring a much higher launch price. However, seemingly not many people are willing to spend more money just to play on the version with peripherals or to pay $50 for a revamp of a 2 year old game.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut will be available on the Wii U for $49.99 and on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for $29.99 on October 22nd here in North America.
Update: The Square Enix blog has released their pricing for the PC version. Here is what you will have to pay:
- New purchase (if you don’t already have the game): $19.99
- Own the basic game (with no DLC): $9.99
- Own the game and Missing Link DLC: $4.99