Update: As a few people in the comments pointed out, Amazon’s discount does still appear to apply to game pre-orders; it just doesn’t show up until you proceed all the way to checkout. The discount doesn’t appear in the same way when you get to the same step with new releases, however. That side of the deal appears to be gone for good. That’s still a massive downgrade for Prime members, for the reasons we covered below.
Original story: One of the biggest benefits Amazon offered gamers has just been nerfed, hard.
For the past few years, Amazon has offered a 20 percent discount on recently released games and pre-orders, regardless of the game, to anyone with Amazon Prime. This meant that Prime holders could get all of the newest games at a pretty hefty discount even if they didn’t secure a pre-order of the game ahead of launch. It was great for anyone who wanted to wait around for reviews and early impressions to guarantee they weren’t going to be locked into buying a terrible game just because it was cheaper than waiting.
Now, though, it appears that Amazon has pulled back on that offer. Prime members have reported that the 20 percent discount now only applies to pre-orders, not recent releases, and may not even apply to all of those. Cursory research backs this up. Current pre-orders for Call of Duty: WWII and Destiny 2 are up at full price, rather than the traditional discount. Recently released games are no longer discounted, either.
So far, Amazon has not revealed what all the new restrictions and rules are when ordering games. Be sure to stay tuned in case the company releases an officially updated policy. For now, though, it definitely seems like Prime has lost one of the biggest advantages it offered to serious gamers.