Epic Games is smack in the middle of a brand-new sale that they have deemed a “mega sale” and it looks like some developers aren’t having it. Almost all the games you can find in the Epic Games Store are on sale, and $10 will be given for any purchase above $14.99. However, not only are some games not included, but a couple of games have now been removed from the Epic Games Store entirely.
Trying to buy Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 or Oxygen Not Included will result in error pages. The publishers for the games, respectively Paradox Interactive and Klei Entertainment, decided they did not want to participate in the sale, so they were removed temporarily from the store. Kotaku was told by someone from Epic Games that Paradox’s decision was very last minute, so the game was on the store for a discounted price briefly. In an email, Kotaku was told that “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.”
It seems that the root of the issue was a miscommunication on the side of Epic, so it’s nice to see them absorbing the cost of this mistake. Sergey Galyonkin, director of publishing strategy for Epic, commented on a post regarding the game disappearance on DTF.ru. He originally claimed that “[Paradox Interactive] was informed in advance about the sale mechanism and was aware of its conditions,” but he backpedaled hours later stating that, “After a little investigation, it turned out that I was wrong.”
Galyonkin and the rest of Epic have made sure to communicate that this is all the decision of Paradox. Galyonkin posted another reply to someone highlighting that Paradox “suddenly” changed their minds. Epic also told Kotaku that “If a developer or publisher chooses to not participate in our sales, we will honor that decision… Paradox Interactive has chosen to not participate in the Epic Mega Sale.”
Brandon is a young writer who loves going deep into games to explore meaning, purpose, and life. He believes that there’s nothing better than getting lost in a world full of characters to love and lessons to learn. He has a special place in his heart for single player games such as Mass Effect and Life Is Strange, but he also blows off some steam playing some of his favorite multiplayer games, like Paladins.