Today, the Epic Games Store Mega Sale kicked off, allowing users to take advantage of a wide variety of discounts and pick up NBA 2K21 at no extra cost. The latest NBA 2K entry launched in September on PC and last-gen consoles before becoming the first third-party current-gen title to charge $70.
Take-Two Interactive’s announcement of a $10 price hike engendered an uproar, though CEO Strauss Zelnick defended the move multiple times over. Zelnick attributed the need for a bump to the increasing costs of development. Triple-A games produced 10 years ago, he reasoned, aren’t as big or as costly to make as they are today. The $70 price tag for native PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S versions represent only a sliver of the criticism levied at NBA 2K21. In the weeks following launch, for example, players began noticing unskippable ads in pre-game 2KTV segments. 2K later removed the advertisements, but the damage had already been done in some respects.
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From now until May 27 at 10:00 am ET, Epic Games Store users can download and own NBA 2K21 free of charge. The freebie comes right at the start of the Epic Games Store‘s latest Mega Sale, which begins today and ends next month on June 17. Notably, Oddworld: Soulstorm is available at 20 percent off, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla boasts a 25 percent discount, Godfall drops by 34 percent, Cyberpunk 2077 is 20 percent off, and players can grab Detroit: Become Human at a 30 percent discount. Better yet, using a $10 Epic Coupon in the Mega Sale will net shoppers another $10 off coupon after each purchase.
This seems a good way to kick off the summer months for Epic Games Store customers. And with NBA 2K21 serving as only the first free game in the four-week sale, PC players have even more to look forward to between now and mid-June.
Interestingly, the ongoing trial between Epic Games and Apple recently revealed just how much the former pays for the free titles it offers players. Epic paid Subnautica developer $1.4 million, for instance, whereas Team17 received $225,000 for Overcooked. The legal dispute has shined a light on other aspects of the business as well, though leaks are becoming less frequent as the court battle wages on.
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NBA 2K21 is out on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.
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