War for the Overworld developer Brightrock Games has shared an update from Valve which suggests its Steam platform will soon allow for charges in the Australian currency.
Spotted by Kotaku, Brightrock’s update gives new hope to Aussie gamers.
“The changes have introduced several new currencies into Steam’s systems to offer a better customer experience for these regions,” Brightrock’s update reads. “They have also adjusted existing prices to better reflect the strength of those currencies against the US dollar, and the local purchasing power of those regions.”
Valve’s email reads as follows:
The following local currencies are now supported by Steam, and as such these regions have new prices in line with the pricing matrix. As above we have submitted the changes to allow these currencies and expect them to be approved in the coming days and weeks. The actual time will depend on Steam of course.
Edit: These changes have been approved by valve now and should be live. However we can not confirm this and if you do not see your currency it is likely that Valve has not officially launched them yet and may be waiting for more developers. If that’s the case there’s no timescale for the launch but we’d certainly expect them this year, probably in the coming weeks.
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Brightrock then took to Reddit after realising its update was the first time Aussies had heard of the change.
“Honestly a bit surprised didn’t realise we were the ones breaking the news here,” it wrote. “Oops! I’ve been so snowed under with our work recently that I just posted it to keep our fans informed.
“I don’t know if this means the AUD currency is now live or whether that has yet to be made live pending more developers. If it’s the later I’d expect valve to hold back for a little bit before making an official announcement of it going live. Can’t put a time scale to that though.”
In War for the Overworld‘s case, the game will be offered up for $34.95 AUD rather than $29.99 USD. At the time of writing, that means an approximate $4 AUD savings for players.
We’ll have more on Australian currency availability inside Steam as it’s made available.