The Epic Games Store’s New Mega Sale Isn’t Going Totally Smoothly
The Epic Games store has been in the news a lot of late, largely because of the exclusives it's managed to secure - be they the few titles that will only ever be available via said online store, or simply timed exclusives, like Metro Exodus and Borderlands 3.
The store recently kicked off its first big sale, a Mega Sale no less, bang around the time that we got wind of when the Steam Sale would be starting, next month. And that's a good thing for a lot of people, of course: punters buy more games, developers get their games in front of more punters, and with Epic covering the discounts on plenty of new and unreleased games (the sale covers pre-orders), it looks like everyone wins.
Except, that's not *quite* the case. As reported by Eurogamer, the sale's hit a few bumps, not least of all when it comes to games actively being removed from the store in the wake of the discounts starting.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 was listed among the pre-order games getting a decent chunk off its RRP, but its publisher Paradox subsequently (and temporarily) pulled the game from the Epic store, with Epic issuing a statement on the matter that PCGamesN picked up:
"If a developer or publisher choose not to participate in our sales, we will honour that decision. Paradox Interactive has chosen to not participate in the Epic Mega Sale, and the game has been temporarily removed from sale."
Paradox has added that anyone who bought Bloodlines 2 for its reduced rate, before it was removed from the Epic Games store, will have that purchase honoured. They also stressed that the game will return to the store soon, presumably after the sale has ended on 13 June (before the Steam sale begins).
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Part of the problem (such as it is) here is that Epic is slapping a blanket £10 discount on any and all games with a regular price of £13.99 - or $10 off a purchase of $14.99 or more. For many new games, and games that are yet to even come out, this can make them seem a lot cheaper than they are, and that can affect their reputation with consumers. Of you see a new game on the Epic Games store selling for seven quid, you're going to look at it very differently next month when it's back to its proper price of a tenner on top of that.
Case in point: John Wick Hex. The recently announced movie tie-in strategy game isn't out until... well, it doesn't actually have a release date at all, yet. But the Bithell Games title is currently on the Epic Games store for £4.39 - less than a pint of half-decent ale in most places these days - whereas its RRP is stated as £15.99. So: does that mean that certain gamers will see its 'value' as the sub-fiver figure, due to its presence in the sale? They sure will. And you can bet there will be moaning, later.
Supergiant Games' Hades - still in early access (and featuring one of our favourite soundtracks from 2018's games) - has, says Eurogamer, jumped around in price during the Epic sale. In the US, it went on sale at $6.99, only for that discounted price to be revised up to $14.99, against an RRP of $24.99. It's now down again to an RRP of $19.99 - £15.49 in the UK - with the on-sale price of $9.99/£5.49.
The price point you saw earlier today was offered in error. We apologize for any confusion this caused and hope customers who got the deal enjoy the game. The corrected sale price is still a 25% discount off of the original price point.- Supergiant Games (@SupergiantGames) May 16, 2019
Confusing? You betcha. But it's still early days for the Epic Games store, and this is its first big sales event. A few hiccups are, perhaps, to be expected - and forgivable, if those lower-price purchases are honoured by both retailer and publisher.
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