Yesterday we reported on a rather generous sale on the Epic Games Store which offered up to 70% off some titles, and on top of that Epic themselves were going to take another £10 off lots of games including many that were open to pre-order.
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. It appears Paradox were unhappy with the £10 discount, even though they would still get the full price for the game, Epic were going to fund the discount themselves. Shortly after that Klei Entertainment also removed Oxygen Not Included.
“Paradox Interactive has chosen to not participate in the Epic Mega Sale and the game has been temporarily removed from sale,” a spokesperson for Epic told Kotaku. “If you’ve purchased Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 during the period when the discount did apply at the time of check out, Epic will honor that price.”
“We are in discussion with Epic regarding the temporary removal of Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 from the Epic Game Store,” said Paradox in a statement. “The game will return to the store soon! Any purchases made while the game was discounted during the Epic Mega Sale will be honored and no Masquerade violations will be assessed.”
Both games are not exclusive to Epic so Paradox might have been pressured other store fronts to remove the game, it is still available to pre-order at full price on Steam for example. There’s also a possibility they thought discounting the title months before release devalues it prematurely. We’re all used to games releasing at full price but then the price reducing as the game ages, but if they game was already available at a lower price before launch some consumers might question why the game is ‘worth’ paying full price for at all.