$120 ticket to Tony Hawk Ride? - Retail Radar
GameStop lists X-treme price point for Activision's game-and-skateboard bundle on 360, PS3, and Wii, mid-October expected shipping date.
Tony Hawk has made a career pushing the limits of how high a guy on a skateboard can go, so it's fitting that his next game might push the heights of game pricing. Specialty retailer GameStop has put up product pages for Tony Hawk: Ride on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii, with each version available to preorder for $119.99.
Tony Hawk: Ride, which is in development at Robomodo, will come packed in with a wireless motion-sensing skateboard controller that will attempt to create a more immersive brand of skating game than has been possible in the past. GameStop is also offering "guaranteed delivery on the street date of October 13th" for customers who preorder the game with overnight shipping. The previous console edition, Tony Hawk's Proving Ground, was released on a variety of consoles October 15, 2007.
While $120 clocks in at twice the price of a normal current-gen game, game publishers have been increasingly willing to explore the limits of what consumers will pay after the enormous success of Guitar Hero. The PlayStation 2 game came packed in with a guitar controller for under $70 in 2005. Since that time, rhythm game prices have surged, with a standard game-with-guitar bundle climbing to $100 by last year's launch of Guitar Hero: World Tour, and this year's The Beatles: Rock Band bundle with drums, guitar, microphone, and game going for just under $250.
More details about the game will be revealed at next week's Electronic Entertainment Expo. As of press time, an Activision representative had not returned GameSpot's request for confirmation on the Tony Hawk: Ride price.
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