If you look at the price for the latest One Piece game on Steam, everything looks entirely normal. Except that wasn't the case earlier this morning.
I used to watch a reasonable about of anime as a teenager and young adult, but even when my interest in the medium was at its peak I never had the inclination to explore the world of anime fighters.
After a well-timed Steam sale, a bout of sickness and one copy of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 3 Full Burst (what an absurd name, honestly), I discovered that I actually quite liked anime fighters. Regular TAYbies may be aware that I'm happily working my way through Dragonball Xenoverse. It's genuinely silly, but good fun all the same.
So when I woke up this morning and saw One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 available on Steam I felt compelled to take a look. And when I saw it was priced at the wonderful value of US$0.69, I had to raise an eyebrow. A special sale, perhaps?
I noticed there was some story DLC available for US$15, although it said in the description that it was only 8 extra single-player missions and a bunch of other things that I didn't really care about. "Maybe it's a new way of getting people into One Piece," my half-awake brain mused.
So I happily added OPPW3 to my Steam account and let it download. I think it's still downloading right now. And good thing too, because as it turns out I've gotten away with a massive discount.
As confirmation, here's the relevant snippet from my Paypal receipt.
I got in touch with Bandai Namco, the local distributors for OPPW3, who said the mistake was "just an error in pricing". They're not sure who was responsible for the snafu. Not like I care, mind you: I just got a day-one release on Steam for a buck. Score.
The error's since been rectified and if you want to jump on board you'll have to pay the much less attractive price of US$69.99 -- which I wouldn't pay for most games these days, especially anime fighters.
Anyone else lucky enough to snag the same deal this morning?