Outside of grabbing exclusives and offering free games, Epic's latest tact to get gamers to buy from its store is a familiar one: a massive Steam-esque 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. Klei Entertainment has also removed its game Oxygen Not Included from the sale. The refund will also take into account the US$10 discount for applicable games. 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 Epic Games store home page, meanwhile, has the full rundown on all of the partners' sales. This upcoming action RPG was reportedly available for a discounted price, but soon disappeared from the storefront.
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.
Epic said of the removal, "If a developer or publisher chooses to not participate in our sales, we will honor that decision". 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 honor that price. It also included Paradox's Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines 2. As Kotaku lays out, a couple of games in the store's small catalog seem to have removed themselves from the platform rather than participate in the temporary price reductions. Some people have pointed to regional pricing differences that would've led to impractically large discounts on an unreleased game in some territories, as well. "We had meant to raise the retail price of the game soon, but made the decision rashly as part of the sale-we didn't provide advance notice to our customers, despite previously stating we would do so".
Supergiant has dropped the price of Hades back to its launch price of $19.99, meaning you can pick it up on Epic's store for $9.99 (£5.49). That was our mistake, and we sincerely apologize. Last year's Steam Summer sale gave 40 to 50 per cent off on games like Terraria, Gorogoa and Ni No Kuni 2, and almost 70 per cent for Grand Theft Auto 5. You will receive your $10 refund automatically to the payment method you used in the next 7-12 days.
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