Steam bundles to cost less if you own included games

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Steams bundles are great value. It’s wonderful to find a bundle of games that you may be interested in, squeezed together in to one digital box and offered for a massive discount – but it stings a little, taking away from the sense that you’ve gotten a great bargain, when you already own one or more of the games in said bundle.

Valve is addressing this. Though it’s not made anything public, PCGamesN says its received official documentation from Valve o developers stating the change – as an option for developers and publishers if they wish to use it.

“With Steam Bundles, if a customer already [owns] some items in the Bundle, they will pay for and receive only the items not already in their account,” the documentation reads. “This allows the best fans of your series or franchise to ‘complete the set’ and get a deal on the remaining items in the Bundle.”

Valve says that bundles and packs area “a bad deal” for those who already own games included in said bundles.

“Either it made bad economic sense for those customers to purchase the pack, or they just felt bad about doing so since it [looked] like they were paying for products they already [had]. The new Steam Bundles system addresses this,” Valve says.

This will only apply to bundles purchased through Steam and not those included in things like the Humble Bundle. There will still be bundles – labelled “Must Purchase Together” bundles – that need to bought as a single thing – but should, in future, include cool things like soundtracks and artwork

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Last Updated: March 2, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Captain JJ the “saviour”

    This is awesome news.
    We’ve been needing this for a while

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      Agreed

    • Hammersteyn

      Yeah, screw those money sucking companies trying to make a living. Cheaper games for all!

      • Captain JJ the “saviour”

        Haha.
        Problem is sometimes there are really nice bundles and then you have one of the games in the bundle, then you don’t buy it. So it’s actually helping them get more sales 😀

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          And they didn’t let you gift keys for games you already owned if you did buy a bundle, like you can with Humble.

          • Pariah

            Yeah that is my main issue – I don’t care if I own a game already, but at least let me gift the damn thing.

            These days though, I shop at Humble.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Never understood that – I’ve literally paid for another key, I know I can’t activate two copies on my account, so why can’t I give it to someone else?

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          And they didn’t let you gift keys for games you already owned if you did buy a bundle, like you can with Humble.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        … he said while buying a game second hand.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        … he said while buying a game second hand.

  • Commander Admiral Chief
    • Hammersteyn

      OLD…. sorry, foul mood today

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        Did Rince call you?

      • miaau

        who is old? And why did you eat so much chicken?

  • Commander Admiral Chief
    • Hammersteyn

      Not fat enough

  • Commander Admiral Chief
    • Hammersteyn

      HL3?

      • Actually. New HL3 files discovered in the VR testing tools.

        Possible VR HL3 … confirmed!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Finally. GOG’s been doing that forever.

  • Hargrim

    Great, I just bought all the Civ V DLC 2 weeks ago in one of these bundles

    It was still cheaper than buying it solo, but that message that tells you you will not be getting some of the stuff you are paying for because you already won it, yea that hurts

  • D4RKL1NG

    Why’s the header image a faggot?

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