PS5 exclusive Returnal is already discounted. Despite having an April 30 release date, the game is already 10 percent off on retailer Prepaidgamercard. IGN India readers reached out regarding this development and we have confirmed that this is indeed the case. The Returnal India price is Rs. 4,999 but when you add it to your cart on Prepaidgamercard, a Rs. 499.90 discount is applied.
This should come as no surprise. Previously IGN India reported that pre-orders for Returnal were subpar. In fact they were in low double digits.
“The price is too high, no one is going to spend Rs. 5,000 for either game [Returnal or Ratchet and Clank] as they’re not established IP in India and when gamers can share accounts or buy PS4 games cheaper — that’s where they’re spending their money,” claimed a Sony executive that spoke to IGN India on condition of anonymity.
This comes at a time when PlayStation India head Prosenjit Ghosh admitted at a recent industry event that Indian PS5 gamers wanted better pricing. His comments were made in response to other panelists suggesting that Indian gamers want only Indian games.
“[Indian gamers want] better price,” he said at the time. “They don’t want Indian content only, [they’re] okay with international content.”
This should come as no surprise with PS5 exclusives costing Rs. 5,000 which is roughly Rs. 1,000 more than most third-party games on the console, making it highly prohibitive to buy games on launch day.
No game is worth it for 5K in India. Maybe after a few months.
— Hi It’s Unico (@ItsUnico_) April 29, 2021
Furthermore he mentioned that PlayStation has “90 percent plus market share in India.”
For what it’s worth, IGN India’s Shunal Doke rated Returnal a 9/10 in our review. Though he did call out its high price tag being a valid issue, particularly in markets like India.