Shadow Warrior 2 pricing error briefly drops it to $4

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, turned out to be an error. Publisher Devolver Digital took it in stride, though, telling everyone to "get it while it's hot." The discount was corrected quickly, going from 90% off to the expected 25% off.

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, 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.  We'll let you know if the price suddenly turns negative and Devolver starts paying us for its games.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley during the '80s and '90s, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on early PCs. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now, and PS1 classic Bushido Blade (that's right: he had Bleem!). Tyler joined PC Gamer in 2011, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. His hobbies include amateur boxing and adding to his 1,200-plus hours in Rocket League.