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

Doris Richards
May 18, 2019

The Epic Games Store began its "Mega Epic Sale", but has hit some snags along the way, including two games being pulled off the store.

The Epic Games Store Mega Sale is the first major sale the store has done, and it has backfired after Paradox Interactive decided not to participate and pulled its game Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2 from the store.

The game's retail price is now $24.99, up from $19.99 at launch, based on continued improvements and additions we've made so far in Early Access, including: "an entire new biome, 7 new fully voiced characters including 4 new bosses, hundreds of new fully voiced narrative events, 10 new enemy types, a new weapon, and dozens of new powers and abilities". Still, it looks that some publishers were not ready for such a discount for their unreleased games. Not only that, but Ubisoft's games are nowhere to be found (this is mainly due to some issue with the interaction between the Epic Games Store and Uplay, however it's worth pointing out that the games are no longer available on Epic's store). This upcoming action RPG was reportedly available for a discounted price, but soon disappeared from the storefront. Bloodlines 2 was actually removed shortly after being listed at a reduced sale price, a state of affairs that Epic's Sergei Galyonkin said happened because Paradox was unaware of the "sale mechanism".

"If a developer or publisher chooses to not participate in our sales, we will honor that decision", the Epic rep said in an email.

Vampire: The Masquerade- Bloodlines 2 will be available to pre-order on the Epic Games store again once the sale has ended. "If players have purchased either during the period when the discount did apply at the time of check out, Epic will honor that price". The game will return to the store soon! During the sale, all games priced $14.99 and above are an additional $10 off, courtesy of Epic. Games have changed pricing and discounts since yesterday. (You can get indie horror game Stories Untold right now). The way Epic frames the sale is a little misleading. That was our mistake, and we sincerely apologize. Neither of the games are exclusive to the Epic Games Store. 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. After all, it took Valve ages to get Steam sales right, and even then, Steam still regularly goes down at the outset of big seasonal dealstravaganzas.

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