Epic Games Store's timed exclusive practice

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Epic Store Expectations (Top) vs What Actually Happened. (Bottom)
General Customer Reactions to a Epic Exclusivity announcement


When Epic Games announced their store launch, fan reaction was initially positive, as many hoped that it would give Valve's Steam platform some serious and well needed competition as to motivate Valve to run their platform more seriously. However, the launch was not well received due to various bugs and lacking features that were absent in Steam, but the biggest point of contention is Epic's string of goading publishers into signing timed exclusivity deals with the platform. The first known case was with Metro Exodus, which was initially intended to be on Steam until a few weeks prior to the release with Deep Silver making a contract at the last minute.

Known Games Being Made Exclusives

  1. Ashen (no longer timed)
  2. Hades (timed until December 10, 2019)
  3. Journey (timed, released for Steam on June 11, 2020)
  4. Rebel Galaxy Outlaw (timed)
  5. Super Meat Boy Forever (timed)
  6. World War Z (timed)
  7. Maneater (timed)
  8. The Walking Dead: The Final Season (now on Steam)
  9. Genesis Alpha One (timed)
  10. Metro Exodus (timed, released on Steam in Feburary 14, 2019)
  11. Operencia: The Stolen Sun (timed)
  12. Dauntless (removed from Steam)
  13. Dangerous Driving
  14. Close to the Sun
  15. Yaga (timed; now on Steam)
  16. Shakedown: Hawaii (timed)
  17. Satisfactory
  18. Spellbreak (timed)
  19. Phoenix Point (timed)
  20. Solar Ash Kingdom
  21. RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures
  22. The Outer Worlds (timed, released for Steam on October 23, 2020) (will also be on Windows Store)
  23. Control (timed, released for Steam on August 27, 2020)
  24. The Sinking City (timed)
  25. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey
  26. The Cycle
  27. The PC version of Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls and Detroit: Become Human (timed, released for Steam)
  28. Industries of Titan (timed)
  29. Kine (timed)
  30. Journey to the Savage Planet (timed)
  31. Observation
  32. Anno 1800
  33. Borderlands 3 (timed, released for Steam on March 13, 2020)
  34. John Wick Hex (Timed, released for Steam on December 2020)
  35. Outer Wilds
  36. Rune II (timed)
  37. Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered (timed)
  38. Omen of Sorrow
  39. Chivalry 2 (timed)
  40. Zombie Army 4: Dead War (timed, will release on Steam 2021)
  41. Griftlands (timed)
  42. Shenmue III (timed, released for Steam on Nov 19, 2020)
  43. Twin Mirror (timed)
  44. Auto Chess
  45. Untitled Goose Game (timed)
  46. Atomicrops (timed)
  47. Falcon Age (timed)
  48. What the Golf? (timed)
  49. Phantom Brigade (timed)
  50. The Sojourn
  51. The Pathless
  52. The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series (Now on October 2020)
  53. Tetris Effect (Connected is on UWP)
  54. MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries
  55. Ooblets
  56. WRC 8 FIA World Rally Championship (timed)
  57. The Eternal Cylinder
  58. Oddworld Soulstorm
  59. Magic: The Gathering Arena (also available through a standalone launcher)
  60. ReadySet Heroes
  61. Snowrunner: A Mudrunner Game
  62. Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory (timed)
  63. Bee Simulator (timed)
  64. Airborne Kingdom (permanent exclusivity)
  65. Manifold Garden
  66. No Straight Roads
  67. Superliminal (timed)
  68. Wattam (timed)
  69. The Alto Collection
  70. Rouge Company
  71. Cardpocalypse (timed)
  72. Afterparty
  73. Arise: A Simple Story
  74. A Knight's Quest
  75. Surviving the Aftermath (timed)
  76. Any announced Ubisoft title as of March 2019 (also on Ubisoft Connect)
  77. Predator: Hunting Grounds
  78. Hitman 3
  79. Rocket League (removed from Steam marketplace and made available for free only on Epic Games Store)
  80. Godfall
  81. Kingdom Hearts series (HD 1.5+2.5 Remix, HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Kingdom Hearts III+Re Mind, and Melody of Memory)

Why This Practice Sucks

  1. While it's true that Epic Games giving Valve competition was a good thing, this is considered a very underhanded and unfair method of doing so due to clutter and fragmentation with multiple platforms.
  2. Many of the exclusivity deals are made shortly before release. This leads to bad PR and can sour the relationship between developers and their fans. The most infamous example of this is with Metro Exodus, which was turned into an exclusive despite having already been available for pre-purchase on Steam, and made one of the developers say they'll boycott PC gaming.
  3. The act itself is rather predatory, as instead of providing better service or creating better games themselves, the Epic Game Store instead pushes other developers and publishers and tempts them to move works that were originally planned to be published on Steam to their own, forcing players to use an inferior service that lacks basic features such as reviews, cloud saving, achievements and even a shopping cart.
  4. Thanks to Epic's shenanigans, as well as their arrogant stance on it, not only are people losing faith in crowdfunding games faster than ever due to many of them, such as Shenmue III and Phoenix Point originally planned for Steam prior to being moved to Epic, they indirectly brought back pirating as a major consumer practice.
  5. It's not just that, but anytime an indie developer declines an offer, Epic refuses to allow said developer to sell their game in their store. The developer of DARQ can confirm this, as he politely declined said offer, but wasn't given a chance to sell his product non-exclusively.
  6. Unlike Sony (except for Quantic Dream, who has their said titles as timed exclusives), Microsoft and Nintendo, who have their own exclusive game developed in-house for their respective platforms, Epic isn't even making their own games for the Epic Store and using that as an incentive to download the launcher, due to them being busy with milking Fortnite (especially Battle Royale mode) to death.

The Only Redeeming Quality

  1. Some third-party PC games are announced to be on the Epic Game Store first before on other platforms and sometimes forever, instead of being originally announced to be on Steam and then removing it from the platform and releasing on the Epic Store as a timed exclusive.

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SpazJR61

20 months ago
Score 5
we need a new page : Oversaturation of the digital stores
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HawkeyeSolo

20 months ago
Score 2
Is the whole thing about the Chinese Communist Party a real thing? Or is the Gaming Community being dumb again?
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TyrantRex

20 months ago
Score 2
Sounds like another conspirancy theory.
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SpazJR61

20 months ago
Score 1
Yup, it is.
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Paprika

20 months ago
Score 3
I only use my PC to play Roblox and even I hate this.
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Z Grand GR

2 months ago
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i rather wait a year rather than giving epic a cent
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HawkeyeSolo

19 months ago
Score 3
That image reeks of r/gaming.
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Gene0129

19 months ago
Score 2
If you can find a better picture to describe the situation, I'll be more than happy to replace it; this was just the best I could find at the time.
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HunterZolomon

11 months ago
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Especially that picture defines most of Playstation Fanboys after Horizon Zero Dawn getting a PC release
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SpazJR61

12 months ago
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This is the worst exclusivity practice I ever seen.

Epic is not make exclusive games because they're too busy with milking Fortnite to death.
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HunterZolomon

11 months ago
Score 0
Thank god I already have Rocket League
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HunterZolomon

11 months ago
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Journey is also timed
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Ivan97Miraheze

10 months ago
Score 0
Who wants to bet that the PC ports of Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled and Crash Bandicoot 4: Just in Time are gonna be timed Epic Store exclusives?
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Yoshikit

10 months ago
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not me
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SuperStreetKombat

5 months ago
Score 2
Thank god this page got restored months ago after getting deleted by TyrantRex and put it in the Forbidden Pages section, because it's an "overreaction".
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SuperStreetKombat

2 months ago
Score 0
Y'know, it's been a while since Epic did this whole timed exclusivity crap. Have they finally learned their lesson by now?
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WaterBlad64

2 months ago
Score 1

They just recently announced that the entire Kingdom Hearts series would be coming exclusively to the Epic Store. I'd say that's a pretty major one considering how it was trending on Twitter for a while.

Also, Good-Feel (Wario Land Shake It and Kirby's Epic Yarn developer)'s self-published game Monkey Bullets just recently came out on Epic as an exclusive.

Seems more Japanese devs are flocking to Epic lately.

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