Epic Games Store's first sale is off to a rocky start

Yolanda Curtis
May 18, 2019

Some commenters have theorized that the bonus $10 discount Epic is providing on any games over $14.99 is the root cause of the trouble.

One those games was Paradox Interactive's Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 but that has now been removed from sale from the Epic Games Store completely.

Paradox also noted in a statement that the game will "return to the store soon", presumably after the sale is complete. Epic are obviously trying to get customers in the door today, and putting some huge discounts (close to 75% in some cases) on just-announced or just-released games. The $10 promo does stack with sale prices, but the final prices are the ones listed on the store. The sale itself isn't that surprising, it's the fact the company is taking $10 off the price of any game above $15. A little later, Galyonkin made another comment on the same site, saying that he initially thought Paradox was aware of how the sale would affect its games, but "after a little investigation, it turned out that I was wrong". If you bought a game after May 2 that's now discounted, Epic will refund the difference to your account.

Of course, the value of a sale all comes down to what you, the consumer, are looking for. Initially offered for $6.99, it jumped to $14.99 on discount, and along with that discount came an increase in the game's retail price, from $19.99 to $24.99.

"We had meant to raise the retail price of the game soon, but made the decision rashly as part of the sale", they said later on Discord again. They will even bring Rocket League to the store as an exclusive game in the near future. That was our mistake, and we sincerely apologize. That deal will be available until the end of the sale on June 13. Even unreleased games available for pre-purchase are receiving the discount, and everyone who pre-purchased an unreleased game prior to May 16 for $14.99 and above will get a $10 refund. "To all our players, thank you for your patience and understanding around this". Yet because Steam has traditionally sold more big budget games like Nioh or Nier: Automata, a lot of users might be biding their time for June's Steam's Summer Sale and crossing their fingers.

On the plus side (though it may be an error for now), brand new games seem to have regional pricing for those of us at the tip of Africa. Still, those interested in picking up a new game can find some savings here.

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