WTF?! There are several expensive items for sale on Steam, although most of them are hardware, such as the Valve Index VR headset and Steam Deck. It doesn’t look like you’ll find games with a similar price. Technically, this is true, because “Hidden and Unknown” are even more expensive — 1999 dollars. Even its creator warns against buying.
The Hidden and Unknown, created by indie developer ProX.team, founded by someone under the pseudonym ThePro, is based on text and is described as “a story-based game whose goal is to expand the perception of its audience in the field of psychology and philosophy. .”
PCGamer reproduced the title, noting that it begins with an eight-minute “Star Wars”-style scroll describing the imbalance between male and female energy that makes Western men infertile due to testosterone depletion. It also causes women to become more and more masculine, which will eventually lead to the end of humanity. There’s also a time-traveling AI entity out there somewhere.
The Hidden and Unknown is primarily a visual novel, although only locations are shown, not characters, and it looks like they were created using an artificial intelligence—based image generator.
Frankly, ThePro, who hails from Slovakia and now lives in Switzerland, told PCGamesN that they don’t believe anyone will buy their game and even want to “prevent anyone from buying it if they can’t afford it.” I don’t want to cause problems.” It’s also much shorter than the two-hour game time limit that Steam allows games to be refunded, so anyone who decides to spend two thousand dollars on The Hidden and Unknown should be able to get a refund after it’s completed.
As for why they decided to charge so much for their game, ThePro said a lot of it is based on their own life story. “I wouldn’t want to just sell my life for a penny, because for me history means more than just a ‘game’ in its purest form,” they said. ThePro added that the project initially started as a book, and then turned into a game.
Charging 1999 dollars per game certainly draws a lot of attention to The Hidden and Unknown, so kudos to ThePro for what turned out to be a smart marketing strategy. I haven’t played it, so I can’t judge the quality, but judging by other reviews, your enjoyment of the game can be measured by how much you like Andrew Tate.