Popular digital game distributor Good Old Games (GOG.com), a site which focuses on older titles but still sells select new games, have retracted a previously-announced policy that would likely have resulted in Kiwi gamers paying more for some titles on the service.
"We wish that we could offer these games at flat prices everywhere in the world," GOG.com stated back in February, "but the decision on pricing is always in our partners' hands, and regional pricing is becoming the standard around the globe. We're doing this because we believe that there's no better way to accomplish our overall goals for DRM-Free gaming and GOG.com."
The feedback since that announcement, however, has forced the company to rethink their strategy, culiminating in the revelation that regional pricing is something they will fight using their own money if they have to.
"We will adamantly continue to fight for games with flat worldwide pricing," a statement from Marcin "iWi" Iwinski & Guillaume "TheFrenchMonk" Rambourg on GOG.com read. "If that fails and we are required to have regional prices, we will make up the difference for you out of our own pockets" (emphasis added.)
"For now it will be with $5.99 and $9.99 game codes. In a couple of months, once we have such functionality implemented, we will give you store credit instead, which then you will be able to use towards any purchase and cover the price of it in full or partially. Effectively gamers from all around the world will be able to benefit from the US prices."
The games affected by the new policy include Age of Wonders 3, Divinity: Original Sin, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Additionally, GOG.com reaffirmed their commitment to a DRM-free distribution system. "Abandoning fixed regional pricing means it will probably take longer to get some games," GOG stated, "but you've made it clear that sacrificing fair pricing for more DRM-free games isn't acceptable."