It’s hard to keep tabs on the DRM-free platform’s sales as they seem to have one every week, but this is a bit bigger than the usual fare! The latest GoG sale is called ‘Bundleopolis’ spanning 20+ bundles by revealing one every six hours. The sale ends on May 1st, and some of the bundled games are new to GoG, like the Bit.Trip series.
Amongst the offers so far are the Nightmare Bundle featuring an excellent collection of horror games both old and new, the Fallout Bunker Bundle with Fallout 1, 2, & Tactics, and The Radioactive Zone Bundle with The Stalker and Metro series. As per usual with a GoG sale involving bundles, the percentage off is further increased if you buy every game within a bundle. Buying four games in the Radioactive Zone bundle is 59% off for example, but getting all five is 74%, meaning its actually five bucks cheaper to buy five games rather than four.
GoG also left a cryptic message promising a ‘dark secret’ to be revealed near the end of the sale. If I didn’t know any better I’d assume it was Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines hiding under our noses the whole time using the obfuscate discipline. That can’t be right though, because the beloved RPG from defunct studio Troika Games appeared on GOG days ago, coinciding with the announcement of the sale! The timing appears to be a coincidence however – Bloodlines has no discount and putting it in a bundle now would only punish and anger those who purchased the game right away. The pricing has sparked some debate over whether 20 dollars is too much for an RPG that came out in 2004, although it is the same price as it has on Steam.
Even when you’re middle-aged and don’t have the time to replay games anymore, Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines always remains an exception. Newly released games on GOG are often accompanied by a lower price, and consumers who use the service have been trained to expect this. It’s curious that the publisher Activision has ignored the expectation in this case, but then I suppose they’re in the position to do so. How much is Bloodlines worth? Whatever you’re willing to pay.