Paradox Interactive Forced to Give Away Free Stuff After Pricing Controversy

By David Meikleham on at

Did you buy one of Paradox Interactive's games between May 17th and July 6th? Bad news! You were probably ripped off. Better news! You can now claim a free game or two DLC packs to make up for it.

Between late May and early July, Paradox hiked up the prices of its titles, laying the blame on currency fluctuation. Unsurprisingly, a lot of people kicked up a stink; such a stink, in fact, the publisher has been forced into this games giveaway to try and save face.

Here's what a senior community manager (who goes by the username of Escher) had to say over on the Paradox forums:

Prices on all Paradox products, in all currencies except USD (since USD prices were not changed), have reverted back to their pre-increase levels as of today. Additionally, now the price rollback has been completed prices will be frozen for a period of three months.

After exploring options with our sales partners, we’ve come to the conclusion that partial refunds (as in, refunding the price difference) aren’t practically possible. Instead, we will gift everyone who purchased any Paradox product between May 17 and today (including pre-orders of Steel Division: Normandy 44 made before May 17), in any currency except USD (where prices were not changed), a free copy of a full PC game or two DLC, as a gesture of goodwill.

Here's a list of the free games you can choose from if you were caught out by this pricing kerfuffle:

  • Stellaris
  • Hearts of Iron IV
  • Crusader Kings 2
  • Europa Universalis IV
  • Magicka 2
  • Tyranny

If you already own these full-fat titles, you can choose two of the following DLC packs instead:

  • Hearts of Iron IV: Death or Dishonor
  • Europa Universalis IV: Third Rome
  • Crusader Kings II: Monks and Mystics
  • Stellaris: Utopia
  • Tyranny: Tales from the Tiers

If you happen to be a super duper Paradox fan, to the extent you own all of the games and DLC packs above, then the publisher will instead offer you giftable game keys if you fill in this form.

The moral of today's tale? Complain until you're blue in the face and you can line your pockets with free shit.