We're closing in on the end of the Steam holiday sale, sadly. The deals can't last forever, but in a moment of sheer awesomeness, Valve has decided that it wants them to last just a little bit longer than originally announced. While the sale was supposed to wind down officially on January 5 (which is tomorrow, in case you haven't noticed), Valve announced today that it will be extending the sale until Monday, January 7 at 10PM PST.
This additional weekend has been dubbed the "encore weekend." As the name implies, there won't be any new deals during this weekend, but rather Valve says some of the sale's biggest deals will be available once again. "A select number of the most sought-after titles from the Steam Holiday Sale will reprise their biggest discounts for two additional days," Valve's announcement reads.
So, if there was a deal you were waiting for but somehow missed, you may just have your chance to snag it this weekend. Valve doesn't talk about what kind of deals will be getting an encore this weekend, but it probably wouldn't be too absurd to expect to see big games with deep discounts. If you've been trying to get titles like Skyrim, Borderlands 2, Far Cry 3, or Dishonored for less than full-retail price, it seems like there's a decent chance you'll see deals like those this weekend.
Of course, we won't know for sure until the encore weekend gets underway. What's ultimately important here is that the holiday sale isn't ending as soon as we thought, which in turn means that we'll get to spend even more money by the time everything is said and done. On second thought, maybe this isn't the best thing that could have happened...