The Epic Games Store's appearance has been welcomed by many developers, especially indies, and also moved quickly to secure exclusive games for its service. Satisfactory, as developer Coffee Stained announced, will no longer be available on Steam and can only be bought on Epic's new store, for example, while Rebel Galaxy Outlaw and Genesis Alpha One will be timed exclusives.
Rebel Galaxy said via a Steam post that "Genesis Alpha One will not be launching on Steam on 29th 2019". It didn't state that the game will never be on Steam, so maybe it will come to the platform sometime later. Developer Double Damage also says that Rebel Galaxy Outlaw will be exclusive on Epic's Store and will be available "elsewhere" after 12 months.
"We hope this is the start of establishing a new standard," Double Damage said in a blog post. "Before Valve and the 70/30 split it was pretty darn rough to be an indie, both in terms of royalty share and in terms of the ability to sell things without a publisher. We can all thank Valve for using their leverage to make that happen, and usher in the era we have now. We think it's safe to say that a large percentage of the games made today wouldn't exist without it."
"Epic is using their leverage to push that even farther, to 88/12. That's another whole strata of developers who can survive. The only way this gets any traction is with some exclusive content and we're willing to be one of the canaries in the mineshaft."
Other than the games above, there are some other games that have been announced as timed exclusives on the Epic Store. Ashen is one of these, which is available now, but we also have Hades in early access, Outer Wilds, and Maneater.
Will you buy games from Epic Games Store? What do you think of the 12/88 revenue split?
Thanks, PC Gamer.
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