Yesterday, Epic launched a “mega sale,” offering games at up to 75 percent off and additional $10 credits for purchases over $14.99. It looked like Epic was preparing to go head-to-head with the Steam Sale, which is scheduled to arrive at the end of June. But by the end of the day, fans noticed two titles mysteriously vanished from the Epic Store, and the price of another seemed to increase.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 disappeared first. The game was available for pre-order, and according to Epic, it will return to the store soon, presumably after the sale ends. Klei Entertainment’s Oxygen Not Included, which was also available for pre-order, vanished as well. It makes sense that publishers wouldn’t want their pre-orders in a sale. While there are several other pre-order titles available at a discount, those are Epic Store exclusives.
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. Paradox Interactive and Klei Entertainment have chosen to not participate in the Epic Mega Sale and their titles (Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 and Oxygen Not Included, respectively) have been temporarily removed from sale. If players have purchased either during the period when the discount did apply at the time of check out, Epic will honor that price.”