The Banner Saga dev says Apple is frustrated that mobile gamers 'don't want to pay anything' for games

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The Banner Saga dev says Apple is frustrated that mobile gamers 'don't want to pay anything' for games

We're excited that Stoic Studio is bringing its turn-based survival strategy game The Banner Saga to tablets this summer.

We're sure that most of you are, too. But how much would you be willing to pay for the game?

This is a matter that John Watson of Stoic brought up in an interview with Polygon recently.

The small amount of money that mobile gamers will pay for games is something that's been irritating him. According to Watson, Apple has also expressed some annoyance on this topic, too.

"Apple is frustrated, along with everybody else, about the mentality that's gone rampant in mobile app markets, where people don't want to pay anything," Watson told Polygon.

"They want to pay as little as possible. They think that four dollars is an exorbitant amount to pay for a game, which is very illogical considering most people's lifestyles."

"They'll spend $600 on an iPad, and $4 on a coffee, drop $20 on lunch, but when it comes to spending four or five dollars on a game, it's this life-altering decision. I'm frustrated with that too."

Price it up

The hope for Stoic is that The Banner Saga will sell well on tablets for a premium price. On PC, The Banner Saga costs £18.99 / $24.99, but that kind of price is very rare on mobile.

In considering The Banner Saga's pricing on tablets, Watson and team have been looking at XCOM: Enemy Unknown's £13.99 / $19.99 price, and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite at 10.49 / $14.99.

The plan, presumably, would be to sell The Banner Saga at around these prices on tablets.

The Banner Saga

Unsurprisingly, Watson said that finding the right price has been tricky. In fact, Stoic still hasn't decided what price to set yet. Even Apple is getting involved, apparently.

"[Apple is] telling us to go higher-end with our game," Watson revealed.

Yep, Apple wants Stoic to sell The Banner Saga at a higher price, it seems.

Unfortunately, there's no way of telling how differences in pricing will affect The Banner Saga's sales until the game arrives on tablets later this summer.

Hopefully we won't have too much longer to wait find out.

Chris Priestman
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