Hope you've already pre-ordered.
By Tim Colwill on August 24, 2014 at 10:30 am
Looks like we’ve got another case of Whoops, We Forgot To Apply The Australia Tax on our hands: originally priced at $50, Civilization: Beyond Earth is now sitting pretty at $90 after jumping up $40 early on Saturday morning.
No reason has been given for the sudden price rise, and people are understandably pretty pissed off about it. This has become a fairly common pattern now, to the point where if you’re even vaguely interested in a game, you’re better off pre-ordering it literally as soon as possible because you’ll save a ridiculous amount of money.
At the end of May, Ubisoft suddenly remembered that Watch Dogs was supposed to cost $75 instead of $60. Last year, 2K forced Green Man Gaming to raise the price on Borderlands 2 and XCOM for Australians. Fallout: New Vegas was $50 to pre-order before suddenly jumping to $90 closer to launch. Back in 2007 Activision decided to double the price on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare overnight from $50 to $89.
We’ve contacted 2K’s Australian office for a comment and will let you know what we learn.
UPDATE: sgt_katharn in the comments points out that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel just jumped up $10 as well. Awesome.
Source: NotThatDoug (and many others)