According to some official documents received by PCGamesN, Steam will practice a dynamic bundle pricing from now on. But what does that mean?
A dynamic bundle pricing means that after the policy is put into practice, we will no longer pay for the games we already own if it is in a bundle. Total bundle price will drop if we own one or more games it includes –if the developer wants to. Let’s read in Valve’s words:
“With Steam Bundles, if a customer already [owns] some items in the Bundle, they will pay for and receive only the items not already in their account. This allows the best fans of your series or franchise to ‘complete the set’ and get a deal on the remaining items in the Bundle. (…) Past Complete Packs were sometimes a bad deal for customers that already [owned] one or more of the products in the pack. Either it made bad economic sense for those customers to purchase the pack, or they just felt bad about doing so since it [looked] like they were paying for products they already [had]. The new Steam Bundles system addresses this.”
This new policy will gradually become widespread, we would say –in fact it is already implemented in Headup Games Complete Bundle. Some bundles including deluxe editiouns or sountracks of the base games, will stay old-fashioned in terms of pricing. There may be no official announcement from Valve in the future but if it may, we’ll let you know.