December 11, 2018

Epic Games Store – Now live, distributes free games, first developer cancelled Steam release

The new store of Epic Games is live. Users will receive a free game every two weeks. The first developer has also cancelled his Steam release in favor of Epic.

Der neue Store von Epic Games ist jetzt online und lockt mit Gratis-Spielen. Im Internet wird er dennoch eher kritisch beäugt.

The new Epic Games store is now online and offers free games. On the Internet, however, it is viewed rather critically.

Fortnite developer Epic recently announced the release of its own game store. In the meantime, it has officially been launched. At the moment it is still unclear whether he can hold a candle to Steam. But he’s working on it: There are some free games for the players in the near future and the Coffee Stain Studios (Sanctum, Goat Simulator) cancelled the release of their new game Satisfactory in favor of Epics Store on Steam.

Epic’s store is particularly company-friendly: it charges 18% less than Steam and presents no competing products to users on the game subpages. The new distribution platform also wants to gain a foothold with exclusive titles.

Subnautica and more – Get it for free!

There will be a free game every two weeks throughout next year. From 14 to 27 December Subnautica makes the start. From 28 December to 10 January follows then Super Meat Boy. Which titles will be free afterwards is not yet known.

In addition to the free games, there are some products that you will need to use the Epic Store for. For example Hades, Ashen, Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek and Journey appear – at least for the time being – exclusively in the online store of the Fortnite makers.

First developer turns his back on Steam

The Coffee Stain Studios have meanwhile cancelled the steam release of their next game called Satisfactory. While this was previously listed as “Coming Soon” on Steam, the product page has now disappeared.

In a Youtube video, the studio’s community manager explains that this was not an accident, but deliberate. Satisfactory will only be available on the Epics platform.

The community does not take the message very positively. The corresponding video received 1819 downvotes and only 549 upvotes until now. Similarly negative opinions about Epics Store are spreading to other corners of the Internet.

Competition is good, exclusive titles are not.

At first glance, users seem to be benefiting from the Epic Games Store. Free games are always welcome and competition should always be rewarding for customers. However, Reddit users are trying to draw attention to a problem: According to them, Epic is trying to force customers to use the store.

A competition to Steam is welcomed. According to Reddit user BahamutxD, Epic is not the competition that customers want and players benefit from. This is due to exclusive titles that deprive buyers of the choice of dealer. He is not interested in developers offering their own games only in their own store, but in Epic paying other studios for the sole sales rights.

Missing Linux version causes further displeasure

Another article criticizes how the new client negatively affects Linux gaming. Hades – the new game from the developers of Bastion and Transistor – is available exclusively in the Epic Games Store, for which there is no Linux client. Therefore, in contrast to the previous projects of the team, there is no Linux version for the game from Supergiant Games this time.

Valve itself invests resources in the development of the compatibility layer Wine, which allows you to play Windows games on Linux. This will be integrated into the Steam Client in the form of Proton.

Ruby Shipp

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