Skip to main content

Shadow Warrior 2 pricing error briefly drops it to $4

Audio player loading…

We expect the price of new games on Steam to drop 50 percent within a year of release, but 90 percent? That's an awfully spirited discount for a game that's under a year old, so we were surprised earlier today when we saw Shadow Warrior 2 had been discounted to just $4 on Steam.

The Midweek Madness sale pricing, as brought to our attention by Wario64 on Twitter (opens in new tab), turned out to be an error. Publisher Devolver Digital took it in stride, though, telling everyone (opens in new tab) to "get it while it's hot." The discount was corrected quickly, going from 90% off to the expected 25% off.

See more

We don't see many pricing errors on Steam, so I was curious to know how many people jumped on it. According to Devolver Digital rep Stephanie Tinsley, "around 1,000 people" took advantage of the error.

It turns out not all that many people are closely monitoring Steam prices in the middle of a Tuesday. "It wasn’t up long, so the people who did jump on it got a sweet deal," said Tinsley, who joked that there "probably" wasn't a round of firings over the minor error.

Shadow Warrior 2 is currently $30/£26.24 on Steam (opens in new tab), the sale price it was supposed to be. The promotion is part of a crossover deal with Payday 2, and both are available as a bundle (opens in new tab).  We'll let you know if the price suddenly turns negative and Devolver starts paying us for its games.

Tyler Wilde
Tyler Wilde

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.