EA hikes up the prices of all its old games on Steam by as much as 3X

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Feb 6, 2020 5:09 PM

It looks as if Electronic Arts’ return to Steam may have been a double edged sword. Its library of games may be back, with the promise of newer games to come, but overnight it appears as if EA jacked up the price of its classics around the globe.

The changes would appear to be widespread, hitting just about every EA-published game or slice of downloadable content around the world. The price hit is going to vary depending on the territory you’re in though, with the US the only country which is maintaining old pricing.

Actually getting to the bottom of all these price changes is a feat in itself. Prices vary from territory to territory but Russia and Brazil would appear to be hardest hit, with price hikes up to treble the previous retail price.

Here in the UK, for example, many EA games have now nearly doubled in price in an instant. SimCity 4 was £9.99, it’s now shot up to £17.99. Nearly everyone has gone up to this price point, including Kingdoms of Amalur, The Sims 3, the Medal of Honor reboot, Dead Space, all up to £18. Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition has been raised all the way up to £25.

It’s definitely worse in other countries though. Crysis 2 was R$ 39.99 in Brazil, it’s now R$ 119.00. The old excuse of adapting for regional pricing doesn’t exactly ring true here, Brazilians are paying well over the odds in their local currency.

I hate to break it to you EA but Medal of Honor ain’t a fine wine. You can’t lock it in a cellar for a decade and pull it out with a ‘vintage’ price. It’s still a bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Crap.

What do you make of this move then, are these EA 'classics' worth the jacked up prices? How are the prices in your country? Let us know below!

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11:21 Feb-09-2020

At least now I would not feel bad buying those games in G2A

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12:17 Feb-09-2020

There is no real reason to feel bad for buying from G2A or any other key site. G2A especially have a policy where they pay 10x the amount to the developers if the keys were stolen(this one is super rare, and if you hack into their servers, generate keys and manage to be undetected, cudos) or bought with stolen credit cards.

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20:43 Feb-08-2020

EA needs new management or it needs to die. But continuing like this is unacceptable. Their games are rife with cheaters because they can't be bothered to put in a decent anti-cheat system, scumbag pricing, ****ty client, censored forums.

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16:46 Feb-07-2020

Glad i bought some of them before. EA behaviour is inexplicable.

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14:18 Feb-07-2020

"I hate to break it to you EA but Medal of Honor ain’t a fine wine... It’s still a bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Crap" Honestly one of the best lines I've read! Good job on the article, sir.

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14:05 Feb-07-2020

What the hell EA those are old games and SHOULD be cheaper, why jack up the price? It makes them unappetising to buy :/

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15:39 Feb-07-2020

You just answered your question. They don't want you to buy them, at least not there, on Steam. They kept their original prices on Origin.
But this, as I said below, begs the question, why even bother with Steam then?

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19:24 Feb-07-2020

Ya Har fiddely dee


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You are a pirate"

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09:17 Feb-07-2020

Guess all those redundancy packages for all the developers they've bought out and then laid off has cost more that expected. And that will probably be even higher if Dragon Age fails.

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05:52 Feb-07-2020

Insert ANY scumbag ea meme here

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05:49 Feb-07-2020

Jeez, EA! I'm already not gonna buy your games! STOP GIVING ME ANOTHER REASON NOT TO BUY THEM!

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23:26 Feb-06-2020

I mean your not forced to buy from only the steam, but yeah this is so weird for them to do such thing, it looks like their are just asking for being hated after all what they already done...it's time for them to start being better, fix their mistakes but they are just putting nails into their coffin

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22:56 Feb-06-2020

Thank god I ain't drinking what they are....

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21:58 Feb-06-2020

Jesus F. Christ...what kind of idiots EA hires for their marketing team?

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20:41 Feb-06-2020

Classic EA am i right?

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20:02 Feb-06-2020

Honestly its their right to do so, but personally i would prefer if EA bankrupt and their artists would be transfered to other companies, because they have talented people but everyone else there are awful.

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19:50 Feb-06-2020

Well sh*t EA and all AAA companies can all die of corona. After Cyberpunk i'm done with AAA.

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19:49 Feb-06-2020

WTF EA.


They're supposed to be cheaper. Not more expensive.

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18:50 Feb-06-2020

I'll prob get hate for saying but i really wouldn't miss EA at all if they just disappeared/went bankrupt.

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18:58 Feb-06-2020

so true...

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18:03 Feb-06-2020

Oh so they aren't really going back to Steam, they're just trying to get some good will from the headlines while still maintaining the Origin store as basically the only proper place to get their games. Now that's fine, Origin is their platform and they of course are going to want traffic to flow through it, but what's the point in doing this with Steam at all then?
Only madmen would buy something from EA on Origin, but only crazier madmen would buy their stuff on Steam now.

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17:51 Feb-06-2020

So they are mad at Activision-Blizzard for taking their crown for worst company and now are trying to outdo them by immitating activision's 10 year old games costing 40-60 euro? XD

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17:39 Feb-06-2020

It's just sad, i'm Brazilian and suffer by the current prices, just guess if the other publishers will do the same...

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17:38 Feb-06-2020

Ugh, if there is one thing I hate it's old games being sold way above there value. I don't want to pay 30 bucks for a game that is more than a decade old.

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