Epic Game Store opens, promises free games throughout 2019

Epic Game Store opens, promises free games throughout 2019

If they can persuade those triple-A publishers who haven't yet begun publishing PC titles on their own stores, like Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft and Microsoft, then the outlook for Steam may be worse than anyone could have imagined just a short while ago. Epic has said that it plans to give customers a new free game every two weeks.

One of the big selling points of the Epic Games Store is the smaller cut that Epic takes before a user's money gets to the game's developer. Up first is underwater exploration title Subnautica, which will be available at no charge from December 14. I've got a strong suspicion (and semi-legit sources) that epic wants creators to build things for their games and be able to sell it.

How Epic manages developer expectations will be a point of concern. Being as transparent as legally possible with both developers using the platform and the general public continues Epic's stance against abuse of the market, something which Gaylonkin has stated was made possible by Valve's secretive stance. Game pages lack information about recent updates, supported game modes, or hardware other than minimum and recommended PC requirements. These include Journey which before now had been a Sony PlayStation exclusive. Remember: competition in a market is always good.

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The "much more generous offering" had sparked interest among independent developers, wrote Dustin Bailey on the PCGamesN website.

"Exactly how that pans out in the long term remains to be seen, but this is a promising start", he added.

Currently, the Epic store is by no means a significant rival for Steam which has more than 20,000 games in its catalogue and regularly has more than 18 million people online playing via its service. It also begs the question: what if Fortnite stops being popular?

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