So why would Firaxis and its publisher 2K Games charge more than the current rate of exchange? Well, to be honest I don’t know 100% why, but I think I MAY have a reasonable answer. In the past year the AUD has fallen fast, and I mean rapidly fast compared with the global reserve currency, the US dollar. Now, it’s been announced that XCOM 2 won’t come out until February of next year and in the meantime it’s possible that the AUD may fall even more. So it is likely that Firaxis and 2K Games have deiced to raise the price of their game in Australian Dollars; in case the AUD continues its downward trend.
But make no mistake it is only a matter of time before the US dollar experience the same thing. The US dollar has risen in the past year on the belief that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates. Well it’s been a year now and the Fed hasn’t moved and in fact I bet it won’t. The Federal Reserve and the US government cannot afford a rate hike. Doing so will cause the weak economy to tumble and render our government’s debt un-affordable due to its outstanding national debt (techincally our national debt is already un-affordable). However, investor originally did not think this through and have already bought into the US dollar, believing that the FED will raise interest rates. Soon though, they’ll realize they were wrong and when they do the dollar will not grow in strength but fall in weakness.
Once the reality is realized, investors will quickly do the opposite and sell their dollar holdings including US treasuries. This will cause the value of US dollars to fall and before you know it Americans will be like the Australians paying $130 US dollars or more for the price of a video game. So as a gamer, you may want to get your games now while they're cheap, because soon they won't be cheap or even affordable unless you own better currencies or gold.