Epic Mega Sale kicks off on Epic Games Store

Ruben Fields
May 18, 2019

While the just-announced John Wick Hex is offering pre-orders for £4.39/€5.19/$7.99 (a slightly steeper discount in the United Kingdom than US), the excellent Hades is £13.94/€14.86/$6.99, which just doesn't add up.

In addition to the price cuts, Epic Games also announced that its fortnightly free games will be made weekly for the duration of the sale. You can see our selection of recommended deals here, with plenty of games already available and some great pre-order deals. All games over $14.99 are now $10 off "courtesy of Epic".

The Epic Mega Sale doesn't have an end date just yet, so users can log into the app and start purchasing games as soon as they want.

Despite missing basic features like a shopping cart (yes it's still missing even during a big sale), the Epic Store is making a case for buying games on the platform. To get an idea of some of the discounts available as part of this sale, the upcoming John Wick Hex will cost only $7.99 instead of $19.99. That's because Paradox has removed the game, apparently in order to keep it out of the Epic Mega Sale that began yesterday.

In a statement shared with Engadget, Epic said, "If a developer or publisher chooses to not participate in our sales, we will honor that decision".

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Speaking with Kotaku, a Paradox representative said, "We are in discussion with Epic regarding the temporary removal of Vampire: the Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 from the Epic Game Store".

One those games was Paradox Interactive's Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 but that has now been removed from sale from the Epic Games Store completely.

Though Galyonkin says the game will return, it's not clear if this will be cleared up before the sale is over.

"After the sale is over, on June 14, we will be raising the game's retail price to $24.99". Here are the top titles with chunky discounts that caught our eye. (You can get indie horror game Stories Untold right now).

In all, the sale's not gone off with quite the fanfare that Epic had hoped - especially with publishers yanking their games from sale. That was our mistake, and we sincerely apologize. Based on the language, it seems to apply to all pre-orders for discount-eligible games, not just those made in the past two weeks. Not only that, but you don't have to do anything to get that benefit - the refund will come automatically via the same payment method you used sometime in the next seven to 12 days.

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