During this year’s GDC Epic Games announced a slew of games coming exclusively to the Epic Games Store for an entire year. These games include three of Quantic Dreams’ former PlayStation exclusives, as well as the upcoming third-person shooter from Remedy Entertainment, and Frogwares highly anticipated Lovecraftian noir thriller.
The news came courtesy of a trailer from Epic Games during this year’s GDC in San Francisco, California, where it was revealed that a bunch of titles would be joining the store as timed exclusives.
So yeah, Remedy and 505 Games’ Control will be a timed exclusive on the Epic Games Store. I don’t see this being a very good decision given that the game is already on wobbly ground, with a lot of gamers not entirely enticed nor convinced that this is going to be a worthwhile day-one purchase; moving it exclusively to the Epic Games Store basically precludes PC sales from being anything other than minuscule.
Frogwares’ The Sinking City may fare better, as it’s actually a highly anticipated game and completely diverges away from every other AAA title out there or coming to the market. However, it is an AA title and that means there’s a higher likelihood of compatibility issues. However, the Epic Games Store lacks a support forum per game, and user reviews still aren’t active. So if The Sinking City has issues you won’t readily know about them, especially since the game is scheduled to release on June 27th, which may or may not be after Epic decides to roll out the user reviews.
A little less shocking is that Quantic Dreams’ trilogy of PS3 and PS4 titles will be made available on the Epic Games Store. This includes the 2010 release of Heavy Rain, the 2013 release of Beyond: Two Souls, and the 2018 release of Detroit: Become Human.
I doubt many Steam users are going to lose sleep over the Quantic Dream offerings, but The Sinking City is definitely going to leave a sting in the palms of gamers who were really looking forward to Frogwares and Bigben Interactive’s upcoming title.
Many gamers are reluctant to give the Epic Games Store the time of day due to their association with Tencent, who has ties to China’s state party. Gamers have a sinking suspicion and constant worry that the Tencent relationship with Epic may one day come back to bite gamers in the butt. Epic has claimed that they don’t send any of the user data they collect to Tencent, but that certainly hasn’t eased suspicions one bit.
(Thanks for the news tip Krumpy Old Gamer)