GOG.com has announced an imminent Australian price increase of over AUD $20 for The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - so put your pre-orders in now.
Pre-orders for The Witcher 2 are currently priced at AUD $42.27, but will rise to AUD $62.99 at 1:00 AM EST Saturday May 7 (that's 3:00 PM GMT, Friday May 6). Once the game launches on May 17, the ten percent pre-order bonus will end, leaving a final price of AUD $69.99.
The price increase has been put down to "licensing issues". We've asked what that means.
Pre-orders made now will not be charged until release date, and the price at time of ordering will be honoured.
GOG.com is taking a conciliatory stance, not only by making the change as public as possible to allow users time to order early, but also by extending the European Fair Price package to Australian customers.
The Fair Price package will compensate those who buy the game at the new price of AUD $69.99 with $26 of store credit on GOG.com - the balance of the US pricing plus the Australian pricejack.
No word yet on Steam's plans. Boxed special editions of The Witcher 2 will also be available at retail.