Bizarrely, The Witcher 2 has been removed from the Australian Steam Store, causing many to fear that the game had been refused classification in Australia. After speaking to the game's local distributor, Namco Bandai, we can confirm that is not the case - but it still begs the question: why has the game been removed?
Speaking to our contact at Namco Bandai, we were told they had no idea why the game had been removed from the Steam Store, they then suggested we contact Steam for more information. So far information has not been forthcoming. Messages have been sent to Steam support, but no specific answers were given - users have simply been asked to watch the news. Apparently no new information is available.
The most likely reason, as far as we can see, is a region specific price increase. Steam pricing, even local pricing in Australia, is generally not decided locally, which would explain why Namco Bandai in Australia have no idea why the game has been temporarily withdrawn.
Our guess is that we'll see The Witcher 2 back on the Steam Store momentarily, possibly with a price increase to match the recommended retail price. A low, US-based price on Steam usually affects the buy in at retail for PC games, so it's possible that the Steam price has been increased to help move units in store in Australia.
More info as we get it.
Thanks to Glenn Taylor for the heads up