Many have been waiting for the Steam summer sale to buy this or that PC game while saving some of their hard earned cash, and in most case their wish will be granted, but if your objective was Grand Theft Auto V, then it’s not going to happen, at least for now.
The front page of the sale does show the Grand Theft Auto Franchise discounted between 25 and 75%, but clicking on that icon leads to a surprise.
The 25% discount has been applied not to the game by itself, but to a bundle with a Great White Shark Cash Card for Grand Theft Auto Online, bringing the “discounted” price back to $59.99. The other bundles that include the game (with Max Payne 3 or Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Tiger Shark Cash Card) have also been discounted so that they’re priced roughly the same amount.
For the first two hours of the sale, buying the game by itself wasn’t even possible, with the option removed. In the past few minutes a purchase option for the game on its own has been added back, but of course it’s redundant, as the price is the same of the bundle with the card.
Looks like Take-Two simply isn’t willing to sell its most successful game for less than 59 bucks, for now.
This isn’t the first or the only case in which developers and publishers engage in this kind of operation to “avoid” sales, but it’s probably the case that will disappoint the most.