International gamers rejoice: Epic Games Store regional pricing is now in effect for 30 distinct areas of the world. These 30 regions represent a combined 130 countries. At the moment, the prices are represented in U.S. dollars; a tweet from Sergey Galyonkin of Epic Games (and Steam Spy, a subject we previously interviewed him about) states that it will “take time” to get local currencies to work with the store. That’s not to say you’ll be paying in US dollars; local purchases will be made with local currency. For the moment, the prices are simply displayed in dollars.
One of the issues is with people living outside of the Epic Games Store regional pricing areas. Unfortunately, 130 countries is slightly more than half of the number of recognized nations around the world. Mr. Galyonkin sympathizes as he’s from Ukraine, but all he can say is that more regions will be added “hopefully soon”. They’re in talks with different payment providers around the world, but some of these companies may result in additional charges for certain regions. There aren’t any plans for cryptocurrency at the moment, either.
There’s no ETA on when additional countries will join the Epic Games Store regional pricing system or when the regional currency display will be added. What is certain, however, is that the folks working on Epic’s digital distribution service are going to be very busy in the coming months and years.
Aside from all of this talk about Epic Games Store regional pricing, Mr. Galyonkin also mentioned that the company has changed their refund policy. Players will be able to get refunds with 14 days of the initial purchase as long as there are less than 2 hours of total playtime on the game. At the moment you’ll have to do it manually via support, but an automated system should be on the way. It will be one of the many features that the team at Epic Games will be implementing as they prep their storefront for the big leagues.
What do you think of the Epic Games Store regional pricing? Is your country covered by the store or have you been left out in the cold? Let us know in the comments below!