Valve’s store service Steam has a history of discounting games and add-ons by large margins from half off to upwards of 90% off for even the biggest of games. The companies most popular sale comes in the form of the Steam Summer Sale in June that featured refreshing 24 hour sales and 12 hour flash sales for a host of games such as Tales from the Borderlands and indie sensation Papers, Please.
Valve have went on to host other smaller sales throughout the year similar to both PlayStation and Xbox as the two home consoles have made huge strides in discounting games rivalling Valve’s own service. The other big Steam sale of the year is now live with the Steam Winter Sale going through until January 4th of next year.
The sale, available on the Steam store, discounts thousands of games including new releases like Just Cause 3 and Mad Max. Major sales include the acclaimed Pillars of Eternity for 60% off, as well as Mortal Kombat X down 60%, and the entire ARMA franchise going on sale between 50% and 80% off. Fallout: New Vegas is also discounted by 75% for those looking for more post-apocalyptic content following the release of Fallout 4 last month,
On the indie side of things, both critical starlet Undertale and Hurtworld, a recently released multiplayer survival FPS, are down 20%. For those looking for PC crafted experiences, both Civilization V and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim are 75% off packed with all the DLC available for both titles. Players looking for the best games of 2015 will be happy to find out both The Witcher 3 and Metal Gear Solid V have been discounted by 50% and 33% off respectively. And for those itching for more Star Wars as it continues to break more box-office records, six games are 70% off including Battlefront 2, Republic Commando, The Force Unleashed, and Knights of the Old Republic.
As Steam continuously slashes sales for the biggest and smallest of games, Sony and Microsoft have taken note in recent years after most of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 generation passed without any significant sales on their digital storefronts. Times have changed as now both companies feature Steam-like sales almost every month, with PlayStation seemingly always in the middle of a sale in the past few weeks.
It will be interesting to see how the rise of digital downloads and the eventual end of retail copies of games effects both sales and the outright MSRP of game titles. A drop to $50 or even $40 for triple-A games, as the money would go directly to the publisher and developer without any retail middle-man, might make for even steeper sales for both games and add-ons on the consoles digital stores.
The Steam Winter Sale runs from December 23rd, 2015 to January 4th, 2016.
Source: Steam Store
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