Published: Sat, May 18, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Paradox removes Vampire: The Masquerade 2 from Epic Store during sale

Paradox removes Vampire: The Masquerade 2 from Epic Store during sale

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. While you still can pre-order the game, the initial $10 discount does no longer apply. The Epic Games store home page, meanwhile, has the full rundown on all of the partners' sales.

If a developer or publisher chooses to not participate in our sales, we will honor that decision.

Despite that emphasis on the Sale taking place: "At no cost to the publisher or developer", it appears to have taken publishers and developers by surprise, and it has emerged that Paradox Interactive has subsequently removed Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2 not just from the sale but from the Epic Games Store as a whole.

Also, if you've just bought a game from Epic's store, from May 2 through to May 15, and it is now on sale, fear not as you will get the current reduced price (and any difference in what you paid extra refunded). It seems that one particular game was not supposed to be included in the pre-order deals, the upcoming and long-awaited Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2, being developed by Hardsuit Labs and published by Paradox Interactive.

Though Galyonkin says the game will return, it's not clear if this will be cleared up before the sale is over. After the game was briefly listed at $6.99, its sale price was reset to $14.99. Are you looking forward to the game?

"We had meant to raise the retail price of the game soon, but made the decision rashly as part of the sale", they said later on Discord again.

Epic Games pal Ubisoft has also pulled its games from the store during the sale, with Anno 1800, Watch Dogs 2 and The Division 2 disappearing from the site. 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. Last year's Steam Summer sale gave 40 to 50 per cent off on games like Terraria, Gorogoa and Ni No Kuni 2, and almost 70 per cent for Grand Theft Auto 5. Feel free to use code FortniteINTEL on the Epic Games Store and in the Fortnite Item Shop! But the Epic Store sale doesn't actually hurt developers' bottom lines at all, and they'll get to keep 88% of revenues even with the $10 discount.

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