Amazon appears to have changed its rules regarding its famous 20% off discount for Amazon Prime pre-orders. It looks like the terms and conditions for the program has changed to no longer include “re-releases and re-masters”, so if you were thinking about using it to get some cash off Shenmue 1 & 2 or anything similar to those games in the future, you’re going to be out of luck.
Previously, Amazon had removed the 20% discount from special editions and recently-released games, and now the subsection of titles this deal has been applied to continues to shrink. With the Best Buy Gamer’s Club subscription having gone the way of the dinosaur, folks are understandably concerned that these caveats will continue being added until there’s only a very small subsection of titles left that will be eligible for the discount. Check out list item 6 in the screenshot below.
If you buy a lot of games via the service, you still have plenty of titles that will be eligible, but this is something to keep an eye on, especially as it seems this change was added without any fanfare. The reasoning is unclear at this time, especially since re-releases and remasters are a dime a dozen these days, with Switch ports and other titles coming down the line — would Final Fantasy VII’s remake be excluded from the discount in the future, then?
Let us know if you’ll be continuing your Amazon Prime subscription with this new caveat, or if you think you might want to do your shopping elsewhere based on your buying habits.