Paradox Interactive CEO Fredrik Wester has gone on record to reverse Paradox Interactive game prices that have been raised in the past few days. Paradox Interactive games are often some of the most expensive to get into, as each title has a large amount of DLC to go along with it.
Paradox Interactive is both a developer and a publisher, responsible for a number of grand strategy games such as Stellaris, Crusader Kings 2, Europa Universalis 4, Hearts of Iron 4, Pillars of Eternity, Cities: Skylines, and more.
Two of their most popular games, Crusader Kings 2 and Europa Universalis 4, will run players several hundred dollars trying to get all of the major DLC. While for the most part the Paradox fanbase has been alright with this model (since most prices are consistently around $15.00 for their DLC), the recent Paradox Interactive game prices increase has generated such a backlash that most of its games on Steam are currently running at “Overwhelmingly Negative” or “Mostly Negative”.
In a statement posted on the Paradox forum, Wester said that there had often been frustration expressed by gamers due to Paradox’s large amounts of DLC. Previously, the company had not only released DLC content, but also more free content that put in major (but non-DLC) content updates to the game that came in via the patch. However, that policy hasn’t stopped the Paradox Interactive game prices protests from gamers.
However, with the enormous backlash, Wester has said that in the future, any price changes for its games will be communicated well ahead of time, rather than being sprung on the fanbase with no warning. While the prices can’t currently be changed on the Steam Summer Sale (which is going on right now), the company will be changing the prices back immediately after, and giving players back the excess money they paid, if possible.