by Alexei Rivera | May 19, 2019 3:58 am
There’s a crazy Epic Games Store Sale going on right now, but so far all it’s done is create some pretty weird drama about games being pulled from the store due to developers not agreeing with the sale. Technically, Epic Games is shouldering all the cost of the discounts, but devs are probably not interested in lowering the perceived price of their games – especially before launch on upcoming games like Borderlands 3.
That game, which has already been controversial even before the sale – with issues including a.) Epic Games exclusivity scoring a lot of hate from Steam users, b.) controversy involving voice actor Troy Baker (Rhys) not being hired to reprise his role; and even c.) Claptrap voice actor David Eddings claiming unpaid work and getting physically assaulted by Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford (Gearbox is the developer of Borderlands) – has been pulled from the store. Similar pullouts have happened including Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, and Oxygen Not Included.
The sale, which seemingly has some great discounts across the board – offers up to 75% of most of the Epic Games Store games, and for anything above or at $14.99, it’ll be discounted a full $10 – making $15 games into $5, etc.
This comes in at a time when Epic Games Store really didn’t need any more bad press. It’s been under fire recently for scoring exclusivity deals with developers and taking games off Valve’s Steam store. Recently, they bought the developers of Rocket League, and there has been rumors of it becoming an Epic Games Store exclusive – a game that currently a lot of Steam users enjoy.
Currently, games removed during this sale will return after it ends on June 13. Games bought before they were removed will still have the discounted prices honored.
Controversy aside, you should check to see if there’s a game you can grab that you fancy at this link. Metro Exodus is at US$29.99 right now – discounted from $39.99 – and with the Epic Discount / Rebate it’ll just cost you $19.99. That’s not bad, controversy notwithstanding.
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