Gravity Rush Remastered was released almost 2 years ago in 2016. It was not exactly a new game as it launched originally for the PS Vita but the remaster was developed by Bluepoint Games, and there was no doubt that it was a well made remaster. This was followed by Gravity Rush 2 in 2017 which ended up being a good sequel albeit with flaws.
Now that some time has passed between the release of Gravity Rush and its sequel, Sony has dropped the price for both games. The issue here is that while Gravity Rush 2 has been permanently dropped to $19.99, which is a pretty good price if I am being honest. This price trend has continued with every major first-party Sony game so far going all the way back to inFamous: Second Son and Killzone Shadowfall.
There is just one curious mistake here, and it is the high price of Gravity Rush Remastered. I have been looking at the price of the remaster with a curious glance because I thought it was a bit too high by now. Gravity Rush is after all not a new game by now and it is out for almost 2 years, yet the PS4 remaster is still being sold for $29.99, which is almost $10 USD higher than the price for its sequel.
Gravity Rush Remastered launched back in February 2016 while its sequel launched in January 2017. Compared to Gravity Rush 2, Remastered had a rather limited physical run which means it is almost hard to find a copy for it if you live in North America. The limited stock and high price make sense for a physical game but why carry it over to the digital space, where the concept of stock issues is non-existent.
If Sony is serious in making the digital marketplace a much more affordable venue for customers, they need to take it seriously. I appreciate what they have done so far, by dropping prices of their first party games, but it needs to be consistent and for every game, if they need to be taken seriously. I had to look for Shadow of the Colossus Remake, which was another project done by Bluepoint Games, and it seems to carry out the same price as Gravity Rush Remastered.
It is hard to see what happened here and why Sony is selling a Remaster at a higher price than its sequel. This is not even a case of late release because Gravity Rush 2 launched almost 1 year later than its prequel. Hopefully, this doesn’t become a trend for Sony going forward where they sell any first party remasters at a high price while the sequels are sold for cheaper when it should be the opposite.