Xbox One owners have for long debated on Microsoft’s pricing policy on digital games, with one user even saying that the community was being “punished” for downloading games digitally. Prices were found to be higher as compared to their physical counterparts and this lead to a stream of criticism. Last month Microsoft’s Larry Hryb a.k.a Major Nelson confirmed that competitive pricing for digital games in “on the agenda,” and now we’re starting to see some changes. The company is dipping its toe in the water by conducting several tests, the first of which starts tomorrow and reduces price for digital download of Ryse: Son of Rome.
The special pricing being offered for this particular game will be available from February 18th to February 24th, Xbox One owners will be able to purchase a digital copy for $39.99. Microsoft will also launch a sale on add-on content later in the week. Mike Ybarra, Microsoft studio manager, confirmed via Twitter that a lot of people have asked them for better deals on the digital marketplace, “so we’re testing some.” The sale will be available right up to the launch of the next major Ryse DLC, the Mars’ Chosen Pack lands on February 28th. This is probably the best time for those who have been holding out on purchasing a digital copy of Ryse: Son of Rome, it remains to be seen which titles are next to get special pricing for digital downloads.