GameStop to offer $50 when upgrading to next-gen titles

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Games retailer GameStop is offering extra incentive for some customers to upgrade their games to the next-gen versions.

According to several GameStop sources, a short list of games that will double-ship for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 – Call of Duty: Ghosts, Madden NFL 25, FIFA ’14, Battlefield 4 and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – are eligible for $50 in store credit when the current-gen version is traded toward their next-gen counterparts. For GameStop, this is a significant step up – normally, brand new titles don’t net more than $35 in credit, even if they’re brought in on launch day (of course, there’s also the fact that the promotion basically asks gamers to buy the same game twice, but that’s neither here nor there).

There are some caveats – the current-gen game must be purchased within 30 days of the initial launch and customers must be Power-Up Rewards members (GameStops in-store rewards-slash-Game Informer subscription service) to be eligible. The coupon expires on Dec. 31 and is eligible toward pre-orders as well.

What do you think, gamers? How does this deal factor into your next-gen plans, if at all? Let us know in the comments.

Matt Liparota is a news reporter and editor for Stick Skills and professional newspaper designer working in Madison, Wis. Playing games his entire life has engendered an unabashed love of the industry, flaws and all. He'll try almost any kind of game at least once and also enjoys long walks on the beach, puppies and fine cheeses. Follow him on Twitter @mrliparota.