Like a sea reaching all that is under its wave comes the Epic Games Store poaching and taking upcoming games under its current. And the latest game to jump into the whirling pool that is the Epic Games Store comes that of Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds, a title that sports the creators of the Fallout series Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky as game directors.
The Outer Worlds is developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Take-Two Interactive’s publishing label Private Division. The forthcoming RPG in question gained popularity due to Cain and Boyarsky’s association and its announcement around the time Fallout 76 was under heavy scrutiny.
Although The Outer Worlds might be a well-made game or utter garbage at launch, most YouTubers and games “journalist” keep pushing how the game features storylines that can change based on the player’s choices and companions that interact and develop differently throughout the game’s branching story. However, it seems that the dreamy phase is being chipped away like a sculptor to a block of hard clay.
As of recent, Obsidian and Epic Games at GDC 2019 announced that the PC version of The Outer Worlds is now on the one-year exclusive list regarding the Microsoft Store and the Epic Games Store.
Our partners at @EpicGames have announced that #TheOuterWorlds will be coming to the Epic Games Store at launch, alongside the Windows Store. It will be released on other digital platforms 12 months later.
The Outer Worlds will still release on XBOX and PS4 on launch.
— The Outer Worlds (@OuterWorlds) March 20, 2019
Furthermore, The Outer Worlds will hit Steam sometime in 2020 — although it was promoted first on said client.
Furthermore, this also means that the upcoming RPG will join these other Epic Store exclusives:
- The Sinking City
- Phoenix Point
- Ancestor: The Humankind Odyssey
- The Cycle
- Industries of Titan
- Journey to the Savage Planet
- Solar Ash Kingdom
Something worth noting, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney early last week took up an interview with website PCGamer and talked about the publishing side of Epic Game Store and its “very different policies.”
Sweeney claims that Epic will apply “standards” similar to movie theaters do with what movies they show by stating:
“We’ll have a quality standard that doesn’t accept crappy games. We’ll accept reasonably good quality games, of any scale, whether small indie games to huge triple-A games, and we’ll take everything up to, like, an R-rated movie or an M-rated game. A GTA game would be fine to us, but Epic’s not going to distribute porn games or bloatware or asset flips, or any sort of thing that’s meant to shock players. The PC’s an open platform and if we don’t distribute it in our store you can still reach consumers directly.”
As of now, don’t be shocked if a future title you are looking forward to ends up in the whirlpool of Epic Games Store poaching and increases the bait and switch promotional campaign that Metro: Exodus pulled two weeks before its launch.