Don’t Panic: Games without pricing on Steam will appear eventually

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Earlier today, we told you about Steam going with ZAR for local gamers. This resulted in mostly cheaper games across the board, even as our Rand continues to plummet against the dollar (and euro and pound). Unfortunately, a bunch of titles seemed to no longer be available for purchase, lacking any pricing information. We weren’t sure if it was a result of FPB meddling, or delays in publishers giving set prices, but there seems to be nothing nearly as sinister at play.

The games that aren’t available are varied. From locally-made Desktop Dungeons (we’ve been told it’ll have pricing soon!) to FPB rated games such as The Elder Scrolls and Wolfenstein: New Order. Indies seemed to be hit particularly hard, but plenty of AAA titles were also affected. So, what’s the problem?

Well, it seems that it’s just a transitional hiccup. We reached out to a fewΒ local developers who informed us that they had to submit suggested pricing for their products. Those games should be updated soon. Presumably, the same process needs to be adhered to for all developers and publishers – big and small. Of course the admin of suggesting prices and then getting them approved takes time, which means that some titles might be slower than others to get their prices listed.

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Over on twitter, game developers are reminded to give their pricing guidelines:

The Chinese market suffered the same transitional issue.

Has the availability of games on Steam changed with this?

No changes have been made to the contents of your library. All of the languages and features in the games that existed when the store was priced in USD are still available. Most games previously available in USD are now priced in CNY and are available for purchase in China, but an occasional product may be missing until it is priced in CNY.

That site now states that all games have been priced in local currency for China, so presumably it shouldn’t take too much longer for the South African site to get the same courtesy. We probably just need to wait for the usual Steam server updates that happen while we’re asleep. By tomorrow, your wish list should be filled with all the usual titles and new prices, ready to take your hard earned South African cash.

Last Updated: November 11, 2015

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let’s get on with it!

  • Bring on the New Year Steam Sale!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Just hope it’s an interesting one, I’ve found the last year or so’s big sales to be rather meh overall. Just the same stuff over & over.

      • True, last year I only bought Arma 3

        • Hammersteyn

          I bet it cost neither a Arma or a Lega

        • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

          The only thing I bought this year is platinum

          • How is the new bow?

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            MAGNIFICENT!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I’m not buying any more of that either, last purchase was the last.

          • That’s what you think xD

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Nope! It broke my heart to sell my old Loki & stuff, but I did it.

          • Potatoed?

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          I’ve bought very little on Steam this year, it’s actually quite an achievement for me, even though they don’t reward you with a nifty badge.

          I’ve added more games to my library from kickstarters & the humble store.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            2014 was the year of the Humble-backlog-avalanche for me

          • Hammersteyn

            Buy a console. We have tons of good games

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            tons one or two

          • Hammersteyn

            tons one or two SW figurines he wants

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            *dolls

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Having a PC means I’ve got tons of good games I haven’t played.

          • Humble Bundle has shot my library waaaaay past the 100 games mark.

      • Hammersteyn

        They monitor the sale. If enough old stuff clogs the backlogs they bring out new stuff

        • Hahaha… you’re scaring me

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Scarring or scaring?

          • I’M BUSY!

            *And the “I’m” fixed

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            IS YOUR INTERWEBNETZ FIXED AT HOME?

          • Only buggered up once last night, hopefully all hamsters are running at full speed tonight.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Good, I had a case of illegal electricity connection mishap last night. Fuckers tried to bypass and got a nasty shock, power only was fixed after 22h00.

            BUT I HAVE WITNESSES AND NUMBER PLATES YOU BITCHES!!!

            And they call themselves ‘neighbours’

            I HAVE YOU NOW SUCKA’S!!!

            Right, so rant over

          • Hammersteyn

            Shocking

          • WOW, where the hell do you live that neighbours steel electricity xD

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            People that supposedly earn big bucks but don’t pay their municipal bills, then attempt to steal the power (YES STEAL, THAT IS HOW YOU SPELL IT) and then run away in like little bitches, and then blow the minisub and leave a whole block without power

          • Steel conducts electricity… close enough

            *runs away from oxford dictionary projectile incoming!

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            I’ll let that ferrous comment slide, since we need to farm some more

          • Off to google “ferrous”… brb

            *I’m back. I get it now XD

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            When you get back, I’ve done some research, and decided what I need for Christmas. Excalibur Prime.
            Make it so

          • Not ever gonna happen, like EVER! πŸ˜›

            Excalibur Prime was an exclusive for backers of the game way back when it was on Kickstarter.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            What?
            FOK!

          • I find it easier to just do a lot of different Voids and let the parts come to you. When you go out to specifically focus on getting one single warframe, RNG is gonna kick you in the throat πŸ˜›

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            so sayeth Volt MFP & Nova MFP

          • My throat still hurts thanks to MF volt

          • Hammersteyn
          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            I love it when you post this

          • Hammersteyn

            Posting it enough time could mentally scar someone?

          • I peaked the Admirals interest again.

          • Hammersteyn

            *piqued
            Wow, interwebz must be broken πŸ˜›

          • That was intentional, from the last time I screwed up the word piqued πŸ˜›

          • Hammersteyn

            So you want to peek at his interest?
            *Okay I’ll stop XD

          • That’s pretty much how last time went on as well XD

          • Hammersteyn

            He’s learned me well but I tire easily

          • Ok, even I cringed reading that.

          • Hammersteyn

            Jobs done XD

          • It really does help with spelling xD

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            He puts the lotion on the skin

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            *piqued

          • Hammersteyn

            Wow, welcome to the party

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I save my corrections for whole words. πŸ˜€

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Sounds like a celibacy vow

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Oh, I only saw now, after refreshing, that you’d already said it. :/

          • Hammersteyn

            hehehehehehe

          • Hammersteyn

            Hopefully not scarring. Im mentally unwell at times but not that bad

          • I accidentally added an extra “r” again xD but you forgot an apostrophe.

    • Summer and winter sales FTW!!!!

      • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

        Twinkle twinkle little stardust

        • hey!

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Arrrr be sailin’ o’er thar seven seas?

        • Hammersteyn

          see above
          *runs

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Hah, great minds

            Except for the running part. COME BACK!

          • Hammersteyn

            A ran to the above part……. yeah that’s weak sauce

  • miaau

    like (g)sta(a)d, the g is silent. gstaad or stad

    gsubmit

    AND I hope that the prices do not go way up in the future as a result of rand / dollar crisis’s AND then stays high even when rand dollar gets better, ala car sales in about 2004 / 5

  • oVg

    Talking about stupid crazy digital price rape. Did anybody see how much FIFA 13 is going for on the Vita store?

    R680 yes, FIFA 14 is cheaper.

    R680 for a shitty dated handheld port.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      What’s a Vita? *run*

      • Hammersteyn

        Something he may or may not toss at your head?

        • oVg

          oh dear… I think that’s the response that he wants.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Stop tossing around!

          • oVg

            Im not going there.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            So are you coming then? Since you are not going

          • oVg

            Im already ahead.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Just wash your hands mmmkay?

          • oVg

            Tell me about it πŸ˜‰

          • Hammersteyn

            Rather that than a XO, you don’t want to kill him

          • oVg

            It wont kill him. There is nothing inside besides a Blu Ray drive… toooo soooon

            The external power cord on the other hand…

      • oVg

        Some Zombie handheld that refuses to die thanks to Japanese visual novels.

        BUT… XCOM for the Vita has been revealed by the ESRB ratings board. SWEEEEEET

    • Hammersteyn

      Catchy tune πŸ˜›

      • FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

        • Hammersteyn

          Is it wrong imaging you listening to it with a huge smile?

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Just remember, we’re all made of star stuff.

      • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

        xD

      • oVg

        6:40… that might as well be 10hours.

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      Epic!

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