Epic Games has used the money from Fortnite to make its own store. The Epic Games Store is not very popular with fans that already use steam. That is because the store has taken away some games that we hold near and dear to our hearts.
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is not available on Steam, even though the first game is. You can only get it from the Epic Games Store or UPlay if you want to play the game on PC. Other games like Metro: Exodus is exclusive to the Epic Store for a limited time. Metro: Exodus will release on Steam in February 2020.
These are just a few examples. You can expect some future games to be treated the same way as well. Housemarque talked about the Epic Games Store and mentioned that it is great for competition. Mikael Haveri even mentioned that it is bringing a new generation of gamers to PC. Here is what he had to say regarding the Epic Game Store:
It’s bringing a whole new generation, in a way, through Fortnite into PC games. Expanding our audience. Having a pretty good revenue share I think is also an incentive for developers. But in the end, it’s just that you can have options. They announced Epic MegaGrants. So that’s a big thing.
Mikael Haveri also talked about Stadia. He mentioned that the platform is both weird and wonderful. Haveri mentioned that Stadia creates more partners and more platforms that is why not only is it great for developers but for gamers as well.
We are still not sure whether Stadia is going to be worth it. The free version is going to release later in 2020 but you still have to buy games. Google has confirmed that games on Stadia will not be discounted. So, we will have to see what fans think about the service. Haveri went on to mention the following:
You know, Stadia is a really weird and wonderful thing. I think everybody’s asking ‘What’s the business model? What’s going on?’ But you know, from a developer’s perspective, this is a really good time. Because not only are there more partners, and platforms, and people to talk to, but they really want to support your vision. So you know, financially, make sure that everybody wins. But also, you can have slightly more creative freedom, as well, because they want to push the diversity in terms of content.
Let us know what you think about Housemarque’s statement regarding the Epic Games Store and Stadia and whether or not you agree with the developer.