Valve and EA's partnership was teased and celebrated and while it's not here yet, the latter company increased the prices of their games prior to making a full comeback to the store. Interestingly enough, some price tags were increased by around 30 per cent.
Electronic Arts started increasing prices across the board, possibly as a preparation for the return on Steam. Considering that Valve's storefront takes a 30 per cent cut, we found it particularly interesting that the price of Crysis 2: Maximum Edition price went up by over 30 per cent, from $19.99 / €19.99 to $29.99 / €29.99.
If it had been the other way around, the discount would be exactly 30 per cent. In some other currencies, the price change is closer to that exact percentage and Crysis 2 is not the only title that had an altered price.
You can check out the meticulous price change spotting on Reddit where more titles became more expensive, including SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition. As a reminder, it is now more than 17 years old so the price increase doesn't make any sense from a consumer's standpoint.
However, from EA's standpoint, this is probably a way to compensate for Steam's cut. Then again, the increases are mostly bigger than 30 per cent so we are sure the humble compensation will manage to keep Andrew Wilson's finances afloat.
In case of regional pricing for EA's titles, Steam users are now reporting that several countries have price tags higher than the base in USD when it comes to the company's games.
In the case of SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition, people in Ukraine will have to pay almost 30 per cent more than the base price. Thankfully, these price changes don't seem to be affecting new releases as Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order's price remained the same.