Epic Games Store is still going the route of exclusives when it comes to attempting to compete with Steam. and whether or not consumers like it, companies are still going the way of Epic.
During Epic’s Unreal GDC keynote, it was announced that Outer Worlds and Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey will be releasing on the Epic Games Store as exclusives. Outer Worlds is only a timed exclusive and will be releasing on Windows Store at the same time as the Epic Games Store’s release, but it won’t be coming to Steam for a full year.
The Outer Worlds will still be releasing on consoles as planned.
Control is another game come exclusively to the Epic Games Store, and Epic has also announced that Ubisoft will continue to release games on the Epic Games Store following The Division 2.
Among these big games a ton of other games were announced as coming to the Epic Games Store as exclusives:
- Afterparty from Night School Studios
- The Cycle from Yager
- Dauntless from Phoenix Labs
- Industries of Titan from Brace Yourself Games
- Journey to the Savage Planet from Typhoon Studios and 505 Games
- Kine from Chump Squad
- Phoenix Point from Snapshot Games
- The Sinking City from Frogwares and Bigben
- Spellbreak from Proletariat Inc
- Solar Ash from Heart Machine and Annapurna Interactive
Many are extremely upset at the continuation of Epic’s aggressive strategy to take on Steam, and concerns still exist about Epic’s data collection and the lack of features the store currently has.
Many online have reacted to the exclusivity deals saying that they will no longer be purchasing these games or that they will just pirate them instead. It will be interesting to see if these exclusivity deals end up hurting the companies that take them.
While there is a much nicer profit margin to be had with Epic, it seems that more and more consumers are growing extremely aggravated at the Epic Games Store.