Although not officially stated, the Epic Mega Sale looks to be a direct competition against Steam’s stranglehold of games sold online in their Steam Summer Sales, expected to be launched at the end of June. However, two publishers have pulled their pre-order games from the Epic Mega Sale and consequently, the Epic Store. Not a very good start for the first day of the such a huge store-wide sale.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 published by Paradox Interactive and Oxygen Not Included published by Klei Entertainment were pulled moments after the Epic Mega Sale went live. In a statement, a spokesman from Epic Games said, “If a developer or publisher chooses to not participate in our sales, we will honor that decision.”
Titles getting pulled from the sale were not the only hiccups. The cost of Hades – Battle Out of Hell was accidentally increased. The publisher, Supergiant Games reported this was an error and has fixed the price to its initial launch price with an additional 25% discount. After the sale ends on the 13th of June, Hades – Battle Out of Hell will reportedly increase in price.
In a way, it is not surprising to experience all these issues from Epic Games first launch of a Mega Sale. Steam’s Summer Sale struggled on its first launch and even now still experiences down times. However, this still does not give a positive outlook on the store’s future. Time will tell.