- The Epic Games Store isn’t well-percieved.
- Death Stranding will be released on Steam and the Epic store.
- This highlights the issues with the Epic store.
The Epic Games Store is something of a boogeyman in the games industry. Many people out there don’t like the way that they’ve aggressively pursued exclusivity. Even those who admit that Steam could do with some more healthy competition realize that the EGS has its fair share of issues and missing features.
Although the lack of features is slowly being addressed, it’s still a long way from the usability of Steam. The exclusivity deals are still being pursued, but recently a pretty high-profile game announced its intentions to release on the Epic store and Steam at the same time – Death Stranding.
Death Stranding’s Lack of Exclusivity
Believe it or not, I don’t personally believe that the Epic Games Store is the spawn of satan. As much as it is completely devoid of useful features, it does at least offer a good deal to developers. Having said that, the aggressive way that they’ve persued exclusivity does make me a little uncomfortable.
The fact that Hideo Kojima felt he didn’t need to make Death Stranding exclusive to the Epic Game Store, even on a temporary basis, does point to some key issues with the service. Mostly these issues revolve around a dichotomy between what’s good for developers and what is good for consumers.
Why Epic Is So Good for Devs
There are many benefits to developers when going exclusive on the Epic Games Store. They’re often given a huge marketing push, which many studios wouldn’t be able to afford or organize on their own.