Developers Are Pulling Out of the Epic Games Store’s First Sale

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The Epic Mega Sale hasn’t turned out the way Epic had hoped. Kotaku is reporting that two developers have pulled their games from the store after the sale went live. These titles are Paradox Interactive’s Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 and Klei Entertainment’s Oxygen Not Included. Both parties have stated they wanted no part in the sale.

It’s worth noting that neither of these games are Epic Store exclusives, which could put them in an awkward spot on other stores. The structure of this sale, after all, is unusual; the additional $10 off games priced $14.99 and higher comes “courtesy of Epic,” meaning that Epic itself is taking the monetary hit, so companies like Paradox and Klei can’t easily match those prices on Steam.

Developer Supergiant Games also got into trouble with fans when they raised the base price of their rogue-like dungeon crawler, Hades, from $19.99 to $24.99 during the sale. Supergiant has apologized, admitting the increase was “intended” but the timing was wrong.

After the sale is over, on June 14, we will be raising the game’s retail price to $24.99. We had intended 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. That was our mistake, and we sincerely apologize.

Ubisoft titles such as The Division 2, Anno 1800, and Watch_Dogs 2 have also disappeared from the store.


Tsing Mui
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