Microsoft has confirmed today that Xbox Game Studios (first-party) titles will be getting a price increase from 2023 onwards, with Starfield, Redfall and Forza Motorsport all reflecting the new $69.99 USD price point next year. This will affect games "built for Xbox Series X|S" - in other words, all the major new AAA releases from the publisher.
Speaking to IGN, a Microsoft spokesperson had the following comments to share earlier today:
"This price reflects the content, scale, and technical complexity of these titles. As with all games developed by our teams at Xbox, they will also be available with Game Pass the same day they launch."
The company has advised that regional prices may differ, but has yet to share any specific details.
Just a couple of months ago, Xbox boss Phil Spencer hinted at plans to raise Xbox prices in the future, but also confirmed that prices would remain the same until at least 2023. With first-party games now getting a price increase, it'll be interesting to see if consoles and subscriptions such as Xbox Game Pass follow suit in the coming months.
As mentioned by the Microsoft spokesperson, all first-party Xbox games will continue to launch into Xbox Game Pass on day one in 2023, including those aforementioned titles such as Starfield and Forza.