Epic says that for its keep to compete with Steam, it wishes video games Steam doesn’t have. To that stop, the Fortnite megacorp has been making yr-lengthy Epic Games Store exclusivity offers, maximum recently with The Outer Worlds and Control. That has predictably angry many PC gamers who are used to Steam and do not need to interchange to a one-of-a-kind launcher for one-of-a-kind games. (Though it is already common resulting from Origin, Battle. Internet, and so on.)
But is Epic’s approach more than merely an inconvenience? Is it adverse to PC gaming as a whole? That’s the subject of our mid-week PCG Q&A. Our solutions are below, and sense free to add yours within the feedback (while sticking to our commenting rules).
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Samuel Roberts: Who is it better for?
I do not actively suppose they are terrible, nor does the idea of them preserve me up at night. I even speculate if Epic’s approach has allowed console-simplest video games formerly to take the plunge to PC, as is the case with the Quantic Dream games and Journey coming to PC. I’m no longer destructive to having extra launchers on my taskbar. This isn’t always a brand new phenomenon when you do not forget Ubisoft and EA’s necessities that you use their structures (although you could buy Ubisoft video games on Steam too until The Division 2). I will say this, although: I don’t see how they’re good for gamers. An Epic extraordinary is there to tempt you into the use of that shop. But what’s the enjoyment of purchasing that doing for you that Steam isn’t? I assume that may be a question worth asking.
Exclusives are now being used as important advertising performs. I suppose it’s accurate for Valve that Epic is there to devour its lunch on some of this year’s largest games and likely get it to be a more energetic competitor. But for the customer paying $60 for a sport, I do not see what the benefit is to them, store for maybe a slightly cheaper copy of Metro Exodus (however only if you stay in the United States—we did not get that provide in Europe). They’re simply the usage of an exceptional save because somebody somewhere made a deal.
At most, the cease result is some mild inconvenience by commencing every other launcher, that’s proper. But while the extended revenue reduces the Epic Games Store attractive to builders (and honest sufficient, it is a splendid result), there isn’t always an at once apparent upside to the patron. It’s just a store war.
Jarred Walton: It’s extra of the same
Is anyone going to mention that save exclusives are virtually harmful to cease users? Inconvenient, certain, and I assume every additional app we have to install is a capability protection hole. But store exclusives feel like a part of the 2019 PC gaming market. A unique recreation will be harm or helped through a special, particularly a paid unique; however, so long as a sport is to be had for PC, the storefront would not honestly be counted to me.
The largest publishers have already got their very own storefronts, and I’ve begrudgingly bought games on every digital distribution platform, such as the Windows Store. I simplest died a bit interior.
Steven Messner: Exclusives are already anywhere
As others talked about, we already live in a world complete with distinctive PC games. If we did not, I wouldn’t need the Windows Store to play Forza Horizon four, Origin to play Battlefield five, GOG to play some of my preferred unfashionable video games, the Epic Store to play Fortnite, Battle.Net to play WoW—the list goes on and on.
I get that Epic is a lackluster storefront that has an extended manner to head, and them stealing games like Metro Exodus on the final 2d is a bit gross. Still, additionally, it truly is capitalism at paintings. It seems stupid to be mad at an employer to use its capital to increase its business. On the other hand, Steam’s monopoly on PC gaming is worrisome to me, even though it offers a various first-rate infrastructure for builders to construct off of.
There are quite a few nuances that are well worth speaking approximately, but I don’t assume arguing over exclusivity is one among them. Specially whilst we’ve got already spent the remaining decade simply grumbling approximately it (or even then, I can’t don’t forget the last time I became pissed simply due to the fact I needed to boot up Origin).