The Epic Games Store has been making waves with exclusivity deals and other niceties (such as snooping Steam data without the user’s express permission), but today we have a different story to report on.
A big sale event is ongoing, which Epic terms the “Epic Mega Sale” (a riff on their old name). Customers will get US$10 off any game that’s currently priced at US$14.99 or more, a deal that will be honored even for preorders. Epic Games is absorbing that US$10 charge, which is a very nice move on their part, but publisher Paradox was seemingly unamused when they discovered that in certain poorer regions of the world, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 would get a 70% off price reduction thanks to this deal. Considering that the game is still far away (it has a March 2020 release window), the publisher has a point, as for some regions the game is being sold at the kind of discount that we’d see a year or so after release. Consequently, Paradox requested that Bloodlines 2 be removed from the “Epic Mega Sale” (and seemingly from the store as well), which prompted a somewhat strange reaction from Epic Store boss Sergey Galyonkin, who called the publisher “greedy” on the comments section of a DTF.ru article.
According to the same article, the game will return to the Epic Games Store once this sale event is over. Interestingly, even though Mr. Galyonkin is now touting the benefits of having deep preorder sales, that wasn’t exactly his idea two years ago, when he said that developers should try to offer more value for customers who preorder, instead of just discounting their titles. Of course, this isn’t the first time that the people working at Epic have backtracked on a previous statement.