We’re using to games dropping in price the older they are, yet Paradox Interactive has taken a different tack. While evaluating their prices across the world on Steam, they have taken the decision to increase the prices of their entire catalogue of titles in certain territories. This has been done to reflect the strength of the purchasing power in these particular countries, ie, they were paying too little before.
“As you have noticed prices for our products have increased in certain regions around the globe and this is something we’ve intentionally done,” writes Paradox Interactive in a statement. “The reason for this is to make our prices match the purchasing power of those areas, as well as create a more equal price point for our products across the globe.
“Our prices have remained pretty much the same for several years and it’s only natural for us to re-evaluate price points at regular intervals based on the strength of various currencies, fluctuations in world markets and many other factors. This is something that all publishers do and we are no exception.
“Sadly this means that the price has gone up for certain regions and whilst this is something we’d like to avoid, it’s necessary to keep our price point more in line with our other markets. We sincerely apologize for any frustration this may cause and hope you can understand why we are doing this.”
The full list of territories affected includes:
- Eu Countries
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
In some instances, the prices have almost doubled, and just about everything has received a price bump, regardless of how old it is. As with the GTA 5 mod debacle, this has led to a bunch of negative reviews on Steam for Paradox’s titles, and a bitter taste in the month for long-time Paradox fans. The flipside to all of this is that of course Paradox is entitled to sell its games for what it deems to be the correct value, but many now feel they are paying over the odds. Steam users in Croatia, for example, are now paying as much for their games as users from Western Europe, where incomes are typically higher.
Are these price increases just a natural process as economies fluctuate? Are Paradox's games now prohibitively expensive in your country? Let us know below!