UK Games Prices To Rise Next Year?
THQ's Danny Bilson recently suggested that games ought to get cheaper in order to inspire greater sales and DLC potential, but a new report from MCV suggests that the exact opposite is more likely to happen. As many of you know, VAT is set to rise next month which will put UK retailers in a very difficult position. A few suppliers will be attempting to freeze game prices, but in the majority of cases, vendors may be forced to up their prices to absorb the new tax increase being passed on from wholesalers.
This could be as much as a quid for a £40 game, but consoles are another matter entirely. They're considerably more expensive (attracting a larger price increase due to the VAT hike) and will probably incur an added cost of between £5-£10 across the board. [MCV]
Finding the best deals will be more important than ever before. Keep your eyes on HUKD and our feeds... and be sure to take advantage of the boxing day sales!
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Slips From Q1 2011
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is one of our most anticipated titles for 2011, but Square have announced that it will miss its Q1 launch window in favour of a post-April release. Godammit. [Joystiq]
Square Enix have stated that the delay will allow them to "further polish" the experience... and it's plain to see why. The publisher recently slashed its annual earning projections by a whopping 91% (blaming the hopeless Final Fantasy XIV debacle and weak console game sales), meaning that Deus Ex HR is going to have to be absolutely incredible in order to rake back some cash. From what we've seen, it's on course to do just that.
First Accessible Games Suite Launches In UK
UK-based charity SpecialEffect is committed to adapting videogame technology to allow handicapped and disabled gamers to get involved. They've been making massive strides in the fields of webcam-based eye control and other alternative input methods. After a year and a half of hard work, they've opened the first ever accessible gaming suite at the Helen and Douglas House Children’s Hospice in Oxfordshire.
SpecialEffect's Dr. Mick Donegan explained that the new suite will open up gaming in a uniquely inclusive way, taking advantage of the charity's recent technological advances.
The new gaming suite contains a wide range of access technology, from eye-gaze devices to switches, to ensure that as many of the guests are catered for as possible. SpecialEffect hope to continue to work with the hospice by including the suite in our road show project next year and continue to work with the staff and guests at the hospice to help find a way for everyone to play.
We applaud SpecialEffect's work and wish them every success in their worthy cause. Stay tuned for our interview with Dr. Donegan!