Paradox says sorry; offering up free games
Paradox Interactive announced price hikes for their games recently. A justified backlash from the community quickly sent them back to their standard pricing with their tail between their legs. They even offered reimbursement for those who purchased the games at the higher rate.
The Steam Summer Sale posed a problem. Paradox CEO Fredrik Wester said that they didn’t have the funds to provide refunds until after the sale was over.
The sale ended today and now Paradox revealed their compensation plan.
After exploring options with our sales partners, we’ve come to the conclusion that partial refunds (as in, refunding the price difference) aren’t practically possible,” Paradox senior community manager Escher explained. “Instead, we will gift everyone who purchased any Paradox product between May 17 and today (including pre-orders of Steel Division: Normandy 44 made before May 17), in any currency except USD (where prices were not changed), a free copy of a full PC game or two DLC, as a gesture of goodwill.”
Those eligible have the selection of Stellaris, Hearts of Iron 4, Crusader Kings 2, Europa Universalis 4, Magicka 2, or Tyranny, or any two of the HoI 4: Death or Dishonor, EU 4: Third Rome, CK 2: Monks and Mystics, Stellaris: Utopia, or Tyranny: Tales from the Tiers DLCs. If you purchased games through Origin or Twitch, you’re out of luck because those prices never actually raised.
You can claim your freebie by filling out this form. You have until August 9.