For months, new agreements for the exclusive release of PC games in the Epic Games Store have been causing trouble for parts of the community. Now, for the first time, big and small developers have decided against such deals. The most well-known affected game is Cyberpunk 2077, which will be released in April 2020 via Steam, the Epic Games Store and Gog.com – the latter belongs to the manufacturer CD Projekt Red, only there it will be the action title without DRM measures give.
"We noticed that exclusive games do not work for us"says Marcin Traczyk of CD Projekt Red in conversation with PC Games N with reference to Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales. "We do not want to limit the number of people who can access a game." The PC version of the Fsntasy RPG was released exclusively through Gog.com in October 2018.
Similarly, Herve Hoerdt of the French branch of Bandai Namco (publisher of Cyberpunk 2077, among others) explains that the publisher's PC games do not appear in the Epic Games Store. "We want our content to be available to as many fans as possible". Hoerdt says to MCV, He does not want to sell any more games through the store, as long as that is only possible for him as part of an exclusive deal.
Apparently, Epic Games is exclusive to some vendors, but not all-the developer of a potential hit such as Cyberpunk 2077 can be put under pressure.
A rejection has Epic Games also from Wlad Marhulets, the only developer of just over Steam released horror adventure Darq to get. Marhulets was loud Post on Reddit also only the choice to sell his game exclusively or not at Epic Games. He had then decided against it – among other things, because he had already promised too many people the release on Steam.
For many smaller developers, publishing through the Epic Games Store is interesting because they get 88 percent of their revenue there. Steam is usually only 70 percent, and many of them receive an advance from Epic Games. Lately there are more and more attempts to combine the different launches of the shops – including Origin by Electronic Arts and Battle.net by Blizzard. HP Omen offers this in its Control Center, as does Gog.com in its software.