With Valve’s changes to the Steam store, games are now priced in our local currency, the South African rand. However, while a lot of publishers were ready for the switch, many weren’t even finished updating regional pricing for their back catalog, and as a result there are a lot of games that you can’t buy. Some of the AAA-level publishers are also behind in a big way on their titles, with Konami taking the prize of only having one game, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, listed for sale locally. If you were hoping to pick up anything today from one of the bigger names in the gaming industry, hit the jump to see which publishers are ready and which ones aren’t.
Bethesda seems to be one of the most active publishers on Steam, with monthly deals on their Fallout and Elder Scrolls franchises popping up all the time. Unfortunately, out of their entire catalog of games, only three are available to purchase on Steam. They are:
- Fallout 4
- Quake Live
Square seems to have its ducks in a row for the switch, even offering pre-orders like Hitman, Just Cause 3, and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for less money than what it costs from local retailers. Out of 74 games listed on Steam, here’s what’s still missing:
- Dungeon Siege (series)
- Final Fantasy III, and XI Ultimate Collection Seekers Edition
- Murdered: Soul Suspect
- Quantum Conundrum
- Scary Girl
- Sleeping Dogs
These guys get the prize of only having a single game available on Steam as of this writing, along with two pieces of DLC and two game demos. I’m not sure what happened here, but what you can buy now is limited to:
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
- MGS V DLC – Sneaking Suit (Naked Snake)
- MGS V DLC – Fatigues (Naked Snake)
Activision has all of their games available on Steam and wins a Noddy badge for their endeavour to make it possible for you to give them your money. Unfortunately, they do seem to be a bit mad, as most of their games are horribly overpriced. Call of Duty, a DirectX 8.0-based game released in 2006, sells for R299. You’d have to be crazy to pick it up on Steam at that price. Black Ops II, released in 2012, had its price bumped up to R799.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros. has all of their games available on Steam, which is great for any of you looking to pick up some legendary titles like F.EA.R., or the LEGO games for R219 apiece. In fact, a lot of their titles that are older than a year are R219 or less, which is quite welcome. Under the WB Games tag, all of their titles listed there are also available. Good job!
The legendary Japanese juggernaut still has a strong presense on Steam, with all of their titles being available to purchase, and with some very sensible pricing on most games. Some of SEGA‘s classics like the original Sonic games are also available for R55 each.
With most of their important titles available on Steam, 2K Games was pretty much ready for the switch today, even offering Borderlands 2 at 75% off for less than R60. Out of the 32 games available, only Mafia II and Mafia II Digital Deluxe Edition is missing, and both are likely to be added in later with an update to the Steam store.
17 November 2015: After doing follow-up checks, I’ve learned that Mafia II has actually been unavailable for some time.
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
BANDAI NAMCO is another Japanese publisher with a long history in the gaming industry. Their catalog of games on Steam is fully populated with the exception of Tales of Symphonia (a 2016 release), and Saint Seiya: Soldier’s Soul (a late 2015 release). Unfortunately, as with Activision, BANDAI doesn’t seem to have lowered pricing to match Steam’s recommendations, and as a result has bumped up pricing on games like Project Cars and Dragon Ball Xenoverse, now available for R757. If you wanted to hop on with Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, be prepared to pay R605 for it.
CAPCOM gets almost all of their back catalog on to the store with local pricing and generally keeps it low as well. Out of 27 games on the store, only three are missing, namely:
- Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, and Extreme Condition Colonies Edition
- Age of Booty
- Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition
Surprised to see EA‘s games still on Steam? Most of the big-ticket titles are only available on Origin, but a lot of older games are still available on the store, as well as many of the indie-esque titles that EA publishes by smaller studios. Quite a few games are missing, namely:
- RISK: Factions
- Deathspank, and Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue
- Medal of Honor: Airborne
- Battlefield 2: Complete Collection
Ubisoft has taken the honorable route, and priced most of their games on Steam equally to their listings on Uplay, which is about as good as we’re really going to get. Every single one of their games originally on the US store are available for us, and they’ve priced their back catalog of games really, really well. Uplay is also not the drag it used to be in the past, so you can optionally buy the games there as well.
Telltale‘s games are almost universally loved. The Walking Dead‘s adaption into a story-driven point-and-click adventure was well received by fans and critics, and they’ve recently launched Tales from the Borderlands, which I’m told is excellent. Out of their back catalog, only a few games are not purchasable, namely:
- Black Sails – The Ghost Ship
- The Ritual on Weylyn Island
- Sam and Max 104: Abe Lincoln Must Die!
17 November 2015: After doing follow-up checks, I’ve learned that Telltale’s roster is actually completely full, and the other games aside from Sam and Max 104 are actually from other publishers.
The new home of the Metro and Homefront series, Deep Silver is famous mostly for the Saints Row franchise, which is incredibly over the top and zany. Deep Silver also publishes the Dead Island series of games, and it’s my personal belief that one day they will buy out Crytek. For now, though, only Metro 2033 is unavailable, but that’s fine since you can, and should, buy the Redux version of the game anyway. On a related note, Crytek‘s Ryse: Son of Rome is also not available.
While there are many games listed here that aren’t available, don’t despair! Some of the publishers that work with Valve are still updating their Steam listings to reflect the new prices, and will almost certainly have their entire back catalog of games available before the month is over. The transition in the beginning is always going to be the most frustrating part, but you can help everyone by adding games that you want that have no local pricing to your wishlist, or otherwise contact the developers using a handy e-mail template that I created today.