The Epic Games Store is currently offering some excellent offers.
Thanks to Holiday Sale prices and a reusable $10 off voucher, games launched this year are up to 50% off.
For the duration of the Epic Games Store Holiday Sale, there will be no shortage of $10 off coupons. There are certain discounts here that raised my eyes, especially when combined with the sale’s price drops.
Take, for example, Chivalry 2, my favorite game of the year, which is now $16.79. Inscryption is a spooky card game that costs $5.99. The Guardians of the Galaxy is available for $38.99. With the discount and voucher, Battlefield 2042, a game with a lot of poor user ratings that I still play, costs $29.59. (If you simply want to test it out, it’s also free for the weekend on Steam right now.)
These are the prices you’ll see in your basket (a new feature in the Epic Games Store), but not on the store page, where the $10 off coupons aren’t taken into account. It’s almost pointless to term them “coupons” since everything occurs automatically: When you check out, any game that costs $14.99 or more will get a $10 discount. That is true regardless of whether the current price is a reduced price; it must be $14.99 or more right now. (The minimum in the United Kingdom is £13.99.)
There’s no limit to how many $10 off coupons you can use, save for the natural limit set by the total number of $14.99 or more titles in the Epic Games Store. I’m not sure what it is, but the shop has gone a long way since it first opened a few years ago with just a few games. It’s a well-stocked store.
Every day for the next 15 days, Epic will give you a free game. You may now claim Shenmue 3, which was released last year.
We didn’t need to look at court documents to figure this out, but filings in the Epic v Apple trial earlier this year revealed that Epic has been purposefully taking huge losses on The Epic Games Store in order to attract new users, particularly those who have spent years building libraries on Steam. Free game freebies and, more controversially, semi-exclusive arrangements that keep titles like Chivalry 2 and Hitman 3 off of Steam for a year have been the biggest costs.
The billions Epic has generated from Fortnite have enabled this user acquisition-and-retention buying binge, so I suppose we can thank Fortnite fans and their insatiable appetite for back bling for Hitman 3 costing $13.99 at checkout right now. It’s one of our favorite games from the year 2021.
Epic’s offer and coupons will be available for three weeks, finishing January 6, so there’s no need to hurry. The Steam Winter Sale will begin next week, and it will most likely include comparable discounts on titles that are available on both stores—though Steam has previously failed to match Epic’s $10 off vouchers.
Tyler has played Rocket League for over 1,200 hours and spent significantly less time nitpicking the PC Gamer style guide. Steam, Epic, and whatever launcher squeezes onto our taskbars next are his core news beats.