[Update, May 16: The first ever “Epic Mega Sale” is now live, with discounts of up to 75% on every game in the Epic Games Store catalog through June 13. On top of those sale prices, purchasers receive an additional $10 off every game currently listed for at least $14.99 on the platform. That offer excludes DLC and in-game purchases, but includes pre-orders for upcoming titles (previous pre-orders will receive an automatic credit to reflect the savings).
Epic is also increasing the usual biweekly pace of its free game offers for the duration of the sale. Through June 13, a new free game will be offered on the service every week, starting with narrative adventure Stories Untold.]
If you thought Epic was done adding to the growing pile of PC games available exclusively on its own Games Store, well… I’d love to know where you got that impression. In any case, you should think again, as Epic has announced that it will be revealing “brand new material for several games, including some exclusive games, coming to the Epic Games store” at next month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo.
The announcement comes as part of Epic’s participation as a “presenting sponsor” in the fifth annual PC Gaming Show during the expo. Epic is taking on a role previously held by Intel and AMD at the event, suggesting this year’s show will feature less awkward scenes of a chipmaker onstage talking about how awesome their new hardware is. It also provides a relatively high-profile stage for Epic’s upcoming exclusivity announcements, following the company’s own press conference at the Game Developers Conference.
Other confirmed entrants to this year’s PC Gaming Show include:
- Annapurna Interactive
- Digital Extremes
- Digital Uppercut
- fat shark
- Fellow traveler
- Border developments
- Games Mode
- Paradox Interactive
- Perfect world entertainment
- raw anger
- Tripwire Interactive
Elsewhere in online gaming storefront news, Epic has also confirmed that the platform’s first store-wide sale will be announced in the coming days. That confirmation came after a few eagle eyes Fortnite players saw a news feed ad for the “Epic Games Store Mega Sale” at the game’s launch.
The post, which was quickly removed, promised that users “Sign up for 2FA [two-factor authentication] to spend $10 at the store.” That’s probably a worthy temptation on Epic’s part, given widespread reports of a significant account hacking problem for Fortnite and scattered reports of similar attempts on the wider Epic store. However, it is unclear whether Epic Games users who have already signed up for 2FA will receive a similar benefit.
“A MOTD Sneaked Out Over a Sale,” Epic wrote on the official Fortnite Twitter account. “There is an Epic Games retail sale of games in the works, but it hasn’t launched yet.” Epic offered further confirmation on the Epic Games Twitter account, proverb “we look forward to sharing more information about the Epic Mega Sale soon!”
Regular software discounts have been a staple of Steam for years, offering significant savings on a wide variety of titles several times a year. But while Epic CEO Tim Sweeney has promised that Epic’s reduced sales cut means “You’ll see lower prices” at the Epic Games Store, those customer savings compared to other platforms have yet to develop.