CD Projekt RED’s Cyberpunk 2077 pre-orders are live on Steam and GoG. In fact, the game is already the best selling title on both Steam and GOG. But did you notice something odd? Did you visit the Epic Games Store to purchase Cyberpunk 2077 but couldn’t buy it? Well, no one is able to purchase Cyberpunk 2077 from Epic Games Store.
It is odd because Epic Games Store is a more developer friendly platform compared to Steam yet CD Projekt RED isn’t selling it via Epic’s platform. It should be the first priority for CD Projekt RED over Steam but that is not the case as Cyberpunk 2077 is not available to buy through Epic Games Store, for now. The game is listed on Epic Games Store which indicates that it will be available at some time point. Right now, the listing just says “Coming Soon.”
Why is this the case? From what we can understand it is possibly due to the controversial 75% off mega sale that had little to none developer backing. Many publishers pulled their games from Epic Games Store.
How Epic Game Sale Works?
Epic Games Store mega sale worked in the most unique way. Before Epic’s mega sale we had never seen anything like it and for sure, it is a clear flex of the Fortnite money. The mega sale gives a discount of $10 on every game that over $14.99. There is no limit on the number of games you can buy but of course, since there is no shopping cart each item must be purchased separately. And that has its own issues, you can be flagged for suspicious activity and banned from the store.
Anyways, the refund applies to all new and old games, even games that didn’t yet release on Epic Games Store.
What Went Wrong?
Epic didn’t consult or inform most of the publishers before starting the sale. Many publishers including Ubisoft pulled its newly released titles from the store. The Division 2 recently came back to the store while Bloodlines 2 is still MIA.
The publishers complained that Epic discounting newly released or upcoming games isn’t a good look on their titles. And the publishers are absolutely right, it doesn’t look good for a new game to be on sale within weeks of its release. And it looks even worse if the game isn’t even out yet.
The mega sale is the most likely culprit here, the reason why CD Projekt RED held back Cyberpunk 2077 pre-orders on Epic Store. Of course, nothing is confirmed as to what’s going on with Epic Store’s listing.
The good news is that those who prefer Steam and GOG over the Epic Store have nothing to worry about. You can pick up a DRM free copy from GOG right now for $59.99.