Upstart Epic PC Store Launches Its First Steam-Style Mega Sale

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On Thursday, Epic touted the launch of its first big sale - the "Epic Mega Sale", which runs from today through June 13 and includes discounts of as much as 75% on many games.

The Epic Games Store just unveiled its newest assault on rival Valve's PC games storefront Stream, using the same big discount strategy that's come to be associated with the latter. The sale itself isn't that surprising, it's the fact the company is taking $10 off the price of any game above $15. Even unreleased games available for pre-purchase are receiving the discount, and everyone who pre-purchased an unreleased game prior to May 16 for $14.99 and above will get a $10 refund. "Also, for every game purchase over $14.99, Epic Games is providing an additional $10 off to players at no cost to the publisher or developer".

The Epic Mega Sale consists of multiple sales of varying sizes.

It's a busy day over on the Epic Games Store. 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".

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"If a developer or publisher chooses to not participate in our sales, we will honor that decision", an Epic Games spokesperson said to PCGamesN. Paradox Interactive and Klei Entertainment have chosen to not participate in the Epic Mega Sale and their titles (Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 and Oxygen Not Included, respectively) have been temporarily removed from sale. It seems that one particular game was not supposed to be included in the pre-order deals, the upcoming and long-awaited Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2, being developed by Hardsuit Labs and published by Paradox Interactive. The game will return to the store soon! 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.

Update: The price on Hades (and possibly other games) has been straightened out - it was previously too high in the United Kingdom and European Union, but is now £5.49/€6.61/$6.99.

"We are in discussion with Epic regarding the temporary removal of Vampire: the Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 from the Epic Game Store", read the statement. Are you looking forward to the game? Titles like Heavy Rain, John Wick Hex, and even Metro Exodus can be picked up for a discount right now.

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