After accidentally selling people a Forza Horizon Bundle (opens in new tab) worth £170/$200 for 61p (about 70p), Microsoft is starting to realize it might have messed up. Players who bought the games at their all-time low price last week will find the games missing from their library, but at least they’ll also get their precious pennies refunded.
Last week, users on Reset era (opens in new tab) (through The gamer (opens in new tab)) noted that the Forza Horizon 4 and 5 bundle (and all their DLC) from the Swedish Microsoft Store was sold for an absurdly low price in Swedish kronor. In the two hours before it was fixed, a swarm of users from all over Europe and the UK flocked to the Microsoft store to take advantage of the pricing flaw. US users were excluded from the party, but that didn’t seem to matter anyway as Microsoft has decided it wants its expensive game bundles back, thank you very much.
Today, Resetera users sign up (opens in new tab) have their crafty purchases refunded and the Forza premium bundle removed from their accounts (or revert to their regular Game Pass versions). Hopefully they’ll have some play time before their purchases slip through their fingers.
Pricing errors are weirdly common in online shops. Stranger still, companies often honor them instead of adopting Microsoft’s course. That was only in August of this year EA decided to honor one of the biggest pricing mistakes (opens in new tab) we’ve ever seen FIFA 23 sold for around 6 cents. On the other hand, FIFA 23’s standard price was meant to be around $50, so EA didn’t eat the loss Microsoft suffered on these Forza bundles.
If you just got your 70 cents back (or you’re an American who’s never had a bite of the apple anyway), you can always pick up the Forzas in the Steam autumn sale (opens in new tab), which started yesterday. Fair warning, though, they’re not on our list of the best deals for fall sale (opens in new tab), so maybe you’d better wait until they’re under a dollar again. I just hope Microsoft doesn’t notice next time.