Epic Games Store

As part of today's GDC presentation, Epic Games announced a number of timed exclusives that are coming first to the Epic Games Store. Among these games are The Outer Worlds, Control from Remedy Entertainment, and even some PlayStation 4 exclusives like Detroit: Become Human from Quantic Dream.

Some of these titles, such as The Outer Worlds, will also appear on the Microsoft Store for Windows 10. I guess this just lends more confirmation that Epic is less about purchasing exclusives and more about simply paying companies to keep their games off of Steam. Consumers should not expect to see any of these games on Steam for at least a year after being released on the Epic Games Store.

Other games confirmed as timed exclusive for the Epic Games Store include Control from Remedy, the studio that previously brought the world Alan Wake and Quantum Break.

Quantic Dream is bringing three titles from the PlayStation 4 to the PC via the Epic Games Store (again, a year later on Steam). These games include Detroit: Become Human, Heavy Rain, and Beyond: Two Souls. Interestingly, Quantic Dream owns the trademark to Heavy Rain. Sony owns the rights to Detroit and Beyond, showing that Sony gave the go-ahead on this move.

Game Informer shared a list of other titles that are coming to the Epic Games Store later this year. Of these, I'm not 100% sure that they are all timed exclusive. Some of them may flat out be exclusive to the Epic Games Store.
  • Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey
  • Afterparty
  • The Cycle
  • Dauntless
  • Industries of Titan
  • Journey to the Savage Planet
  • Kine
  • Phoenix Planet
  • The Sinking City
  • Spellbreak
  • Soul Ash

Some of these titles, such as The Sinking City, Control, and even The Outer Worlds, all had store page listings on Steam prior to today's announcement. The dates on many of those pages were quickly changed to reflect the new release dates on the Steam platform.

Bizarrely, The Sinking City devs have now said that they will "consider" releasing their game on other platforms after the year on Epic Games Store.

Will the game ever be released on Steam, GOG or through other third-party outlets?
Yes, it is likely that one year after the release of The Sinking City on the Epic Games store, we will consider releasing the game on other platforms.
And where did The Sinking City devs make this announcement? They made this announcement on the Steam page for their game. The page that existed for quite some time now ahead of today's announcement. Amazing.