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Epic Store's first sale massively discounts PC games

18 May 2019

Some say that Epic's additional $10 discount is still on effect so you still may get it cheaper, and we expect 2K Games to honour all those that were quick enough to take advantage of the sale and pre-order the game.

Epic Games also has another kind of discount going on for games priced US$14.99 (~RM62.57) or higher.

In addition to Vampire jumping off the sale, the discount has also been removed from pre-orders of Borderlands 3, and the indie title "Oxygen Not Included".

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"Hey again everyone. Earlier today, Hades became available at a significant discount as part of the Epic Mega Sale on the Epic Games store".

Replying to the DTF story, Epic's director of publishing strategy Sergey Galyonkin initially said Paradox was "informed in advance about the sale mechanism and was aware of its conditions", but later retracted that statement when he was made aware that the publisher was not briefed. If players purchased Vampire: "The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 during the period when the discount did apply at the time of check out, Epic will honor that price". But the bonus $10 discount offered reduced that to the ridiculously low $8.74-and, like Bloodlines 2, the game went MIA from Epic shortly after the same began. For more information on the Epic Games Store, and its Mega Sale, head to its website. That game, however, has since been removed from the store completely.

As you can see, Epic certainly seems to be in a generous mood, and that's reinforced by the stepping up of its free game giveaways, with one game freebie to be made available every week during the sale (as opposed to two weeks).

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Of course, the value of a sale all comes down to what you, the consumer, are looking for. That discount stacks on top of sales for individual games.

"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. The sale itself isn't that surprising, it's the fact the company is taking $10 off the price of any game above $15. That was our mistake, and we sincerely apologize.

But as with all things, the devil is in the details-things like regional pricing, percentages, arbitrary cutoffs, and developer opt-outs-and in this case it looks very much like Epic failed to take all of that in before it flipped the switch. Not only that, but you don't have to do anything to get that benefit - the refund will come automatically via the same payment method you used sometime in the next seven to 12 days.

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"Now go check out the sales!". Still, those interested in picking up a new game can find some savings here. But the Epic Store sale doesn't actually hurt developers' bottom lines at all, and they'll get to keep 88% of revenues even with the $10 discount.

Epic Store's first sale massively discounts PC games