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Australian Steam store quietly removes "Australia Tax" from Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

If you live in Australia, you surely winced when Steam arbitrarily increased the price of Monolith’s latest romp around Tolkien's fantasy: Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. It had over $20 slapped onto the price, bringing it from an acceptable $49.99 to $71.99 AUD. Yuck.

Well I have some good news. Today, the Australian Steam store quietly reverted this unwarranted price hike. The evil has been vanquished. Well, it’s good news for you if you’re yet to buy it that is, as the people who put up with the more hefty price are probably stuck with that decision.

It’s not only Shadow of Mordor which has been affected by this sudden price hike: Civilization: Beyond Earth also saw a massive $40 AUD increase overnight with no explanation, sitting at a cringe worthy $89.99 AUD.

It’s been common practice for most folk to preorder a game as soon as it’s released, before the hike is inflicted. However, with Shadow of Mordor now returning to some sense of normality, the question begs: what happens to the folk who paid the more meaty price?

Likely nothing. While it’s certainly great that Shadow of Mordor is now in line with the rest of the world, you’re certainly better off being extra cautious when pre-ordering something from Steam, or just ordering elsewhere altogether.

Lets just hope this isn’t some clerical error.

Cheers Games.On.Net!

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3 Years ago

The price has jumped back up again. $65.99 now, though still a better price than most new releases.

I managed to snap up Beyond Earth for $49.99 before it jumped up, expecting it to do just that. A lot of games that are put on Steam early is Australia are put on for a cheap price and then get an increase within a week.

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3 Years ago

I've seen several change price 1 day post release on Steam.

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3 Years ago

I'm Aussie and I've noticed a lot of big titles first day on Steam is good pricing, then a day or two when they remember they need to charge extra for "Australia" it goes up steeply.

Therefore a lot of friends and I tend to wait a few months for a sale while we play our back library

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3 Years ago

And now it's back to 49.99

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3 Years ago

In related news, lots of Youtubers have had their videos of SoM Dmca'd. Seems everyone hit, were people that did not sign a brand deal promising to promote the game on launch in exchange for a pre-release review code...

Seems cutscenes were flagged by the YT software...but....I sighed loudly....

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