Epic Games Store launched its first big “Mega Sale” this week and so far it’s been nothing but a bit of a mess as developers pull their games from the store.
The Epic Games Store Mega Sale offered some truly unmissable discounts on most of its titles on the platform, including those that weren’t even out yet, in some cases knocking £10 off of titles like Borderlands 3 and Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. But it seems those developers/publishers weren’t quite in the know about this sale.
This past week many reports from users have discovered that games previously available on the store have either been removed from sale or removed from the platform entirely. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 was one of the first notable titles to disappear after it appeared briefly at a discounted price when the sale launched.
In a statement, Epic Games revealed that Paradox chose to remove the title at the last moment as they did not wish to participate in the sale.
“If a developer or publisher chooses to not participate in our sales, we will honor that decision,” Epic told Kotaku via email. “Paradox Interactive has chosen to not participate in the Epic Mega Sale and the game has 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.”
Apparently, the game will be returning to the store once the sale is over, and those who paid the discounted price for the game will get the game at that price which is nice, however, this didn’t really bode well for the start of the storefront’s debut sale.
Of course, this wasn’t the only title to disappear entirely from the store, Klei Entertainment’s Oxygen Not Included did the same vanishing act, however, they’ve yet to make a statement as to why.
It didn’t end there either, as it seems 2K Games have also pulled one of their games from Epic Games Store temporarily, this time it’s Borderlands 3 which at the time had a discount of £10 putting the game at £39.99 for the standard edition. What’s more, 2K Games has also disabled the ability to pre-order the game from their own website.
This is currently one of Epic Games Stores biggest PC exclusives and it’s likely a big hit to the relationship recently forged between Epic Games and 2K Games.
According to Eurogamer’s Emma Kent, the reason for this is not because of the discount itself, but more that the game’s value is being diminished ahead of launch and thus affects the game’s future, especially when it comes to offering discounts later down the line. I mean, who would want to buy a game at full price at launch when they could have pre-ordered it at a much lower price.
It’s safe to say that the Epic Games Store hasn’t had the best launch with many players being upset about the company’s exclusive deals and most recently the confusion around the Psyonix acquisition and the potential that Rocket League will be removed entirely from Steam in favor of the Epic Games Store.