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Epic Mega Sale loses two pre-order titles on day one

Epic Mega Sale loses two pre-order titles on day one

The Epic Games Store launched its first storewide sale today, and to mark the occasion, Epic is converting its biweekly game giveaways to weekly now through June 13, the duration of the Mega Sale. Originally listed at a sale price of $6.99, the developer quietly raised the price of the game to $24.99 and altered the sale price to be $14.99. 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. This upcoming action RPG was reportedly available for a discounted price, but soon disappeared from the storefront.

What many assumed to be an error was later confirmed by Epic; not every publisher is required to participate in sales. Paradox Interactive and Klei Entertainment have chosen to not participate in the Epic Mega Sale and their titles (Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 and Oxygen Not Included, respectively) have been temporarily removed from sale. If you've purchased Vampire: "The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 during the period when the discount did apply at the time of check out, Epic will honour that price". It looks like Paradox wasn't too pleased about Vampire: The Masquerade- Bloodlines 2 being included in this, so the game has been pulled from purchase during the sale. That game, however, has since been removed from the store completely. As part of the sale, Epic Games is also promising an additional $10 off when you buy any game that costs at least $14.99.

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"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. Neither of the games are exclusive to the Epic Games Store. That was our mistake, and we sincerely apologize. 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". 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. Epic using some of its bazillions to subsidize deeper discounts on sale items is a big plus for gamers and developers alike: The players get their stuff even cheaper, and the makers are able to reach a wider audience than they otherwise might. It's now being offered for $8.09 on the SA store (still in USD), which is a discount of less than a single Dollar.

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