Xbox Game Studios has launched a massive Steam sale on Valve’s storefront, covering most of its PC release portfolio. The series of deep discounts comes just weeks after Xbox offered big discounts on many third-party AAA titles.
Xbox Game Studios, formerly Microsoft Games, is currently the publisher of over 50 Steam games and over 150 DLC. Its new promotion will run for two weeks, ending May 4.
The XGS Publisher Sale 2023 offers up to 80% off 39 games and 30 DLC packs. In terms of percentages, the biggest discounts go to smaller editions like Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Recore: Definitive Edition, Dust: An Elysian Tail, and Deadlight, all of which are currently selling for a few bucks apiece. However, the biggest savings are naturally offered by the publisher’s AAA catalog; for example, 67% off Forza Horizon 4 and 50% off Sea of Thieves save $20 and $47, respectively.
As part of this sale, the critically acclaimed Age of Empires 4 has been discounted so heavily that it’s now on sale for $23.99, which is 40% off its regular price. Meanwhile, Gears of War 5 and Psychonauts 2 are currently on sale for $24.49 and $20.39, respectively, which is 65% less than usual. Thanks to an ongoing sale, the Halo: Master Chief Collection is getting a pretty respectable 60% off and is currently available for $15.99.
The XGS sale also saw the price of pick-your-own adventure game Pentiment drop to its lowest price yet, as Obsidian Entertainment’s latest title is currently 33% off, or $13.39. Steam users interested in playing some classic games on the cheap can take advantage of this wave of discounts to pick up the Fable Anniversary Edition and Age of Mythology : Extended Edition for less than $10 each. Halo spin-offs Spartan Assault and Spartan Strike are 75 percent off, bringing these affordable recreations down to 74 cents each.
After Pentiment, the latest release included in the sale is the unique survival game Grounded, another fun experimental game from Obsidian, releasing in September 2022, which is currently on sale for $29.99, or 25% off. Forza Horizon 5 seems to be the most notable omission in this new wave of price cuts, but that’s likely because it’s on sale for 40% off in the second half of March as part of the recently concluded Steam Spring Sale . While this latest sale doesn’t include as many individual DLCs, many of the currently discounted games are definitive, content-laden versions of their respective titles.