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2K Games have let us know BioShock 2, sequel to the critically acclaimed title from 2K Boston and 2K Australia, will be arriving for PC at both retail and through Steam.
Those who pre-purchase the game via Steam will save 10% off the regular price and receive a free copy of Bioshock. If you already own Bioshock, you may send the extra copy to a friend using Steam's Gifting functionality. And to help folks prepare for Bioshock 2's multiplayer action a Bioshock 2 Four Pack is also available for pre-purchase - offering 10% off the regular price plus four free copies of the original game.
BioShock 2 is shaping up to be one of the premier first-person action titles to get into this year with AusGamers recently getting extended hands-on time and interview time with the Aussie contingent of the game's development, 2K Australia. Stay tuned for our detailed report.



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Pinky
Posted 10:47am 20/1/10
For some reason they have it twice on steam specials (hence why it's twice in the table that was emailed to peeps on my steam specials mailing list - it's not a bug!)

I'm really looking forward to Bioshock 2. Waiting for the review though ;-) And Metacritic score...
darkjedi
Posted 10:55am 20/1/10
Oh look. It's $us80 in the AU Steam store.

F*** you 2k. F*** you right in the arse.
Pinky
Posted 10:58am 20/1/10
?cc=uk gives 26.99 pounds = 47.88 AUD.

F*****g *sigh*

Also, there are more specials on the ?cc=uk list...

Attempted regionalisation in a global market == .FAIL.

(/me goes to edit steam scraper to scrape other markets specials and convert currencies...)
Methz
Posted 10:59am 20/1/10
lol,it goes up against 65$ in AvP and a 50$ Mass Effect 2
stupid.
Beanith
Posted 11:05am 20/1/10
$44.99 USD on the USA steam store front too.

I didn't know data incurred a shipping fee...
DM
Posted 11:23am 20/1/10
Time to start ordering from the UK store it seems. Why we pay $30 - $40 more than everywhere else is beyond me. At least for a change the US will feel our pain when FF13 comes on sale for $90 US.
ctd
Posted 12:31pm 20/1/10
AVP in on steam now too. 65 Bucks on the aussie steam, 45 bucks on the US steam. Comes with a free game (Universe at War) and 3 skins if you pre-order.

You've pretty much gotta check the US steam for every non-valve game now. Silly c****. At least it is really easy to do :) Hopefully they don't fix that s***.
darkjedi
Posted 01:26pm 20/1/10
So once more, f*** regionalised digital download pricing. The downside is that enough retards bought Modern Warfare 2 on Steam at the inflated price, the same ones who'll probably pay $us80 for Bioshock 2 or $us65 for AvP.

What can we do about it? Protest by not buying these games from Steam (or at all)? Email campaign against the companies involved? Although if I've learnt anything in recent years, is that internet people are quick to beat their chests about a cause but never follow through....
Pinky
Posted 01:40pm 20/1/10
I want to buy MW2 but have so far refused.

My own little protest was to write a PHP steam specials scraper with a mailing list. Feel free to join my mailing list and ONLY buy games when they are on special if you think the prices are unreasonable.

I'm also logging all specials so in some time I should be able to spit out some stats about their specials pricing trends (if any) - e.g., Always 2 months after Christmas or whatever.
Beanith
Posted 01:41pm 20/1/10
What can we do about it? Protest by not buying these games from Steam (or at all)?


Steam doesn't set the prices, the Publisher of the game does. And the Publisher is going to listen to large Aussie Distributors (EB, JB, etc) complaining about lower prices on Steam (think Modern Warfare, Borderlands) because that's where the majority of sales here in Australia come from still.

Things might change when Steam's market share increases maybe.
ravn0s
Posted 01:45pm 20/1/10
At least for a change the US will feel our pain when FF13 comes on sale for $90 US.


huh? is pricing released already?
ctd
Posted 01:51pm 20/1/10
No need to protest or refuse to buy a game, just do the cc-us. Unless you feel bad for the noobs getting ripped off at retailers and regular steam?
deadlyf
Posted 01:51pm 20/1/10
Why would their market share increase in Australia when they are encouraging Australians to purchase it from the US or UK stores by regionalising the prices?

I didn't buy borderlands because of this and if I end up buying Bioshock 2 I sure as s*** won't be buying a copy in Australia.
TiT
Posted 03:01pm 20/1/10
i've been buying heaps of Steam games using cc=uk cc=us and i havent had any issues with the games or getting my account banned
darkjedi
Posted 03:01pm 20/1/10
I'm aware that Steam doesn't set the pricing.

So the main learning I should be taking from this is that the publishers care more about keeping the bricks & mortar stores happy? I want to do the right thing and support the publishers by buying my games. I however would prefer not to have boxes for most of the stuff I get (Blizzard collector's edition boxes being the exception), so why do some Publishers punish us and make us pay a premium for this privilege? (Choir, preaching to etc, I know).

I guess we'll be abusing the cc= stuff until Valve stop it, aye?
CSIRAC
Posted 05:18pm 20/1/10
@TiT and others who have used the cc=us thing.

Can you set up another account buy it and gift it to your main account? (using cc=us)
Lewk
Posted 06:27pm 20/1/10
Let me get this straight. They intend to have region control on their game, but still make us pay in USD. If it was legal region control, it'd be in AUD. Sorry 2K, but you aint getting my money for this outrage. In fact, the money isn't as outrageous as the inclusion of mandatory GFWL and SecureRom.

Bring on Splinter Cell and Bad Company 2 instead!
Khel
Posted 06:47pm 20/1/10
I like GFWL, it means games I play on my PC still pump up my gamerscore!
ctd
Posted 06:48pm 20/1/10

@TiT and others who have used the cc=us thing.

Can you set up another account buy it and gift it to your main account? (using cc=us)

Sure, it is extra effort but it should work.
Pinky
Posted 06:48pm 20/1/10
@TiT and others who have used the cc=us thing.

Can you set up another account buy it and gift it to your main account? (using cc=us)

For cc=uk you only need to change your country, not even alter your street address, tick "Yeah, I'm living int this country" and that's it.

So why would you go to the effort of making a new account?
Khel
Posted 06:51pm 20/1/10
And I don't see how making a separate account and gifting it to you is "safer" at all, not that Valve have ever shown any interest in banning people who buy games from outside their region, but if they ever did start doing that, do you really think it'd be that hard for them to figure out you've been gifting them to yourself from a second account?
ctd
Posted 07:02pm 20/1/10
I say ride the wave while you can. I reckon it is only a matter of time before those f*****s at Activision and 2K (etc) get wind of this and go cry to Valve to stop it happening. Though Valve are pretty much the only ones who don't set regional the pricing for Australians so maybe they just don't give a s*** that it is happening.

Anyway VPN option is still available.
darkjedi
Posted 07:56pm 20/1/10
I like GFWL, it means games I play on my PC still pump up my gamerscore!


This.
deadlyf
Posted 08:36pm 20/1/10
Holy s*** Steam can actually ban you from your account? So if I buy a grand worth of games they can just up and take them off me whenever they feel like it? If I went and took any amount of merchandise that I had sold back from a customer without their consent I'd be up on charges for theft, even if they broke some obscure TOS I had posted at the front of my store.

Not that I own a store.
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