The Epic Games Store has now entered its second year of existence, continuing to expand its list of exclusive games as it takes aim at Steam's dominance by giving developers 88% of the revenue from sales.
Although its initial offering wasn't truly vast, the Epic Games Store has amassed its fair share of exclusives. The obvious two titles are Fortnite and Unreal Tournament, although the latter isn't in active development anymore, but the list extends far beyond them.
A hefty offering of third party games, both big and small, are also Epic Games Store exclusives. If titles like Hades and Ashen have since made their way to Steam, games like Godfall, Chivalry 2, Mortal Shell, and Total War Saga: Troy will see their PC versions coming first to Epic's storefront. Here's the full list of Epic Games Store Exclusive Games.
Epic Games Store Exclusive List
- 3 out of 10
- A Knight's Quest
- Airborne Kingdom
- Among Trees
- Anno 1800
- Arise: A Simple Story
- Assassin's Creed Valhalla
- Auto Chess
- Battle Breakers
- Bee Simulator
- Before We Leave
- Castle Storm 2
- Chivalry 2
- Corruption 2029
- The Cycle
- Dangerous Driving
- The Division 2
- Dread Nautical
- Eternal Cylinder
- Falcon Age
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint
- Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered
- Gods & Monsters
- Hitman 3
- Industries Of Titan
- Jett: The Far Shore
- John Wick Hex
- Journey to the Savage Planet
- The Last Campfire
- Magic: The Gathering Arena
- Manifold Garden
- MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries
- Mortal Shell
- No Straight Roads
- Oddworld: Soulstorm
- Old World
- Omen of Sorrow
- The Outer Worlds
- The Pathless
- Phantom Brigade
- Phoenix Point
- Predator: Hunting Grounds
- ReadySet Heroes
- Rebel Galaxy Outlaw
- The Red Lantern
- Rocket League
- Rogue Company
- RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures
- Rune II
- Saints Row: The Third Remastered
- Samurai Shodown
- The Settlers
- Shakedown: Hawaii
- Shenmue III
- The Sinking City
- Sludge Life
- The Sojourn
- Solar Ash
- Super Meat Boy Forever
- Surgeon Simulator 2
- Surviving the Aftermath
- Tetris Effect
- Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2
- Total War Saga: Troy
- Totally Reliable Delivery Service
- Twin Mirror
- Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer's Legacy
- Unreal Tournament
- Untitled Goose Game
- The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series
- Watch Dogs: Legion
- What the Golf?
- The Wolf Among Us 2
- World War Z
- Zombie Army 4: Dead War
Other titles, such as Darksiders III, Maneater and Outer Wilds are also present. You can see them all by visiting the Epic Games Store website, or by checking out its tab in the Epic Games Launcher. Although this doesn't mean Hades and the other exclusives won't make their way to Steam eventually, it's definitely interesting to see developers already choose the Epic Games Store as their primary PC digital storefront. Steam has been mostly unchallenged in the PC space, but if more devs follow suit, it will undoubtedly have to react.
3 out of 10
Release Date: August 6, 2020
3 out of 10 is an episodic adventure game framed as a sitcom focusing on video game developer Shovelworks Studio. As it has never earned a score higher than 3/10, hence the title, the studio aims to put an end to the unfortunate spree with Surfing with Sharks, "an endless runner with an end". Narrative-driven minigames push forward the story that parodies what being a video game developer is like and, better yet, all of Season 1's episodes will be free.
A Knight's Quest
Release Date: October 10, 2019
A Knight's Quest follows Rusty, "a kind-hearted, but clumsy adventurer" who, by accident, brings about events that would lead his world's destruction. Using just his sword and shield he sets off on an adventure which will see him growing stronger, unlocking Spirit Powers through which he ends up controlling not just fire and ice but also time. Inspired by Zelda, you'll have to defeat all manners of monsters and bosses, but also platform your way through levels and solve challenging puzzles.
Release Date: October 29, 2019
An adventure game from the minds behind Oxenfree, Afterparty follows Milo and Lola, two recently deceased friends that find themselves in Hell. Their goal? Outdrink Satan and return to Earth. An alcohol-fueled journey through the Underworld's many bars, Afterparty's narrative focus is cemented by its "intelligent conversation system" that changes both story and relationships based on your choices.
Release Date: Fall 2020
Airborne Kingdom is a city builder with a twist. Instead of tying to a fixed point on the ground, the title encourages exploring its world by letting you take to the air. You'll still be doing a lot of what you'd expect from a regular city builder, like building housing for your citizens and making sure their need stay satisfied, however, you'll also take your entire city and explore the game's world. In this manner you'll discover new resources and even convince those living in the desert below to join you on your journey.
Release Date: June 13, 2020
Among Trees is a "small vibrant survival sandbox" in which players explore its beautiful wilderness while doing their best to stay alive. Where deadly beasts can be avoided using stealth, hunger can be staved off by scavenging food or fishing, while a supply of wood comes in handy when blizzards come knocking. Players also have access to an upgradeable cabin where they can rest after a bout of adventuring.
Release Date: April 16, 2019
After dabbling in both the near and far future for the past two titles, Blue Byte's city builder series returns to its historical roots. Anno 1800 heads back to the time of the Industrial Revolution, tasking players with building their cities while managing different classes of population, resources, military, and trade. Expeditions can also be sent to South America in order to retrieve exotic resources and uncover different opportunities. If the AI isn't enough for you, whether in the game's campaign or sandbox modes, you can also play alongside or against other human players. Anno 1800's third-party Epic Games Store exclusivity kicks in at launch, on April 16.
Arise: A Simple Story
Release Date: December 3, 2019
Described as "an emotional journey through a lifetime full of bliss and sorrow", Arise: A Simple Story is an adventure game that focuses on the journey of its bearded protagonist. Starting in Limbo, players must guide him, while using the newfound power of time manipulation, through reliving crucial moments in his life. As much an act of remembrance as one that hopes to spur one into contemplation, Arise banks on its atmospheric world and ability to tug at players' heartstrings.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Release Date: November 17, 2020
Assassin's Creed Valhalla takes the series to the 9th century AD, following Viking raider Eivor on their saga. An open-world adventure in the vein of the previous two games in the series, Valhalla also freshens the formula with a few key additions. Your clan's settlement, which you're tasked with looking after, requires resources. To obtain them, you set off on your longship to raid settlements and castles. Inevitably, Eivor will clash with the Saxons and King Aelfred of Wessex, which is when the title's revamped combat system shines: not only can Eivor dual-wield weapons but they'll face a larger variety of enemies than in previous games.
Release Date: May 28, 2020
In Atomicrops, you're the owner of the only surviving farm after a nuclear blast turned everything around you into a wasteland. As the sole source of food for the nearby local town, you've got plenty on your hands. Described as an "action roguelite farming simulator", Atomicrops isn't just about growing crops; you also have to protect them from hostile mutated wildlife and the odd giant, malevolent sun boss. As going at it alone can be rough, you have the option to court, woo and marry NPCs as well as get some animal buddies to automate your farm.
Release Date: 2019
The DOTA 2 mod with the same name has gained a rather large portion of popularity over the last stretch of time, so much so that developer Dragonrest Game is developing a stand-alone version of Auto Chess. Supporting up to 8 players, the game mixes different heroes and their abilities with elements of chess, emphasizing placement and formations.
Release Date: November 13, 2019
Built by a small team at Epic Games, Battle Breakers is a "Hero Collector RPG" in which players assemble a squad of powerful heroes in an attempt to take their planet back. With a cartoon-inspired art-style, the free-to-play title boasts over 1000 dungeons across several biomes and allows for cross-save between PC and mobile.
Release Date: November 14, 2019
Set in the sprawling open world of NY's Central Park, Bee Simulator lets players take control over - you've guessed it - a bee. Developers promise both singleplayer and split-screen multiplayer, as well as a wide array of possible interactions with the environment and its numerous creatures. It's important to note that Bee Simulator won't feature any sort of violence, which makes it a perfect choice for family-friendly fun.
Before We Leave
Release Date: May 8, 2020
Before We Leave is a "non-violent city building game" in which players rebuild civilization. From building simple huts and cultivating potatoes to expanding to other continents and, eventually, planets, the game aims for a more relaxed atmosphere. That being said, the universe does still house ancient guardians or signs of previous catastrophes which will punish poor management.
Release Date: February 28, 2020
Bloodroots is an isometric action title set in the Weird West. Taking on the role of one vengeful Mr. Wolf, players must improvise their way through enemies dishing out violence using whatever weapons they can get their hands on, whether they're a wooden plank or a ladder used as a helicopter rudder.
Release Date: December 2020
Bugsnax is a comedic adventure game in which you explore Snaktooth Island to discover, hunt, and capture the 100 different species of the eponymous half-bug half-snack creatures. Its cute, lighthearted take on things could prove to be a welcome break from the plethora of AAA titles that launch towards the end of the year.
Release Date: September 19, 2019
Mixing single-player RPG with card game elements, Cardpocalypse follows Jess, a 10-year old who manages to get everyone's favorite card game banned in her school on her very first day. When the monsters in the cards start coming to life, she and her friends must face them. As much of a deck builder as a game about what it meant to be a 90s kid, Cardpocalypse lets you earn powerful cards or create some of your own and put them to good use against nasty monsters.
Castle Storm 2
Release Date: September 18, 2020
Castle Storm 2 takes the original's, erm, storming of castles and expands it with a series of new features. While tearing down opposing fortifications with ballistae and steady streams of troops very much remains the focus, there's now a new turn-based metagame to also look forward to. Not only that, but Castle Storm 2 will also feature six story campaigns, alongside PvP and co-op multiplayer modes.
Release Date: 2020
The sequel to Torn Banner Studios' acclaimed medieval warfare title Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, Chivalry 2 brings back visceral melee combat and castle sieges, while upping the ante with the addition of horses and raising the supported player count to 64.
Release Date: February 17, 2020
Set in a dystopian version of America in the not-so-distant future, Corruption 2029 is a tactical strategy title from the creators of Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden. The title puts players in control of a squad of heavily augmented soldiers, sending them behind enemy lines to discover the source of the corruption that turned America into a wasteland. Corruption 2029 mixes tactical, cover-based combat and stealth, players having to carefully assess their approach as every opponent taken down silently reduces the amount of gunfire they'll have to deal with.
Release Date: September 12, 2019
Described as a "competitive match-based first person quester", Yager's The Cycle sends players to the frontier world of Fortuna III. Playing the role of a Prospector, you take on quests in a world that mixes PvE with PvP. While focusing on dealing with Fortuna III's nasty monsters and quests without engaging others will be viable, hampering their progress could also prove tempting.
Release Date: April 9, 2019
Dangerous Driving is an arcade racing game that encourages players to reach breakneck speeds just as much as it does wrecking their enemies. Developed by a team that worked on the Burnout series, the title will feature a handful of different modes, focused on both racing and destruction, alongside 30 playable courses. Dangerous Driving is headed to the Epic Games Store on April 9.
Release Date: May 21, 2019
Free-to-play Action RPG Dauntless positioned itself as a free-to-play alternative to Monster Hunter upon being announced. As a Slayer of Ramsgate, you join a group and embark on lengthy hunts for boss-sized Behemoths. Each Behemoth has its own devastating set of moves, but Slayers have access to a number of different weapons and armor sets to use in battle. Slaying Behemoths earns you materials which can be used to expand and tweak your arsenal through the game's crafting system.
Release Date: June 1, 2020
Diabotical is a colorful free-to-play arena shooter which pits player-controlled Eggbots against each other. Players can choose between several modes, including the 5v5 crossbow-focused Wee-Bow Instagib, in which everyone dies in one shot and leaves behind coins which translate to score when picked up, and the 1v1 or 2v2 Arenas, which throw players in compact arenas, giving them a full loadout and two lives. Diabotical aims to make arena shooters easy to get into, will feature multiple weapons and allow players to customize their Eggbot with items like stickers.
The Division 2
Release Date: March 15, 2019
The Division 2 is the first AAA title to ditch Steam in favor of the Epic Games Store. The sequel moves the online looter shooter's action to Washington D.C, while aiming to provide a better endgame experience across the board. Intense PvE and PvP action, alongside character customization, are also set to return.
Release Date: April 29, 2020
Dread Nautical starts off with its characters on a relaxing cruise only to then throw a serving of monsters from another dimension, tactical turn-based RPG and rogue-lite into the mix. As you push through the ship's 20 decks, you have to manage scarce resources, dispatch enemies and convince survivors to join your fight. Pressure is at home in Dread Nautical, items being prone to deterioration, while characters risk fits of panic if they spend too much time without resting.
The Eternal Cylinder
Release Date: 2020
Borrowing a bit of the visual strangeness found in Zeno Clash, Ace Team's The Eternal Cylinder has players controlling a herd of weird-but-adorable creatures called Trebhum as they explore an even weirder world. Eating the local flora and fauna in this third-person open-world survival game will eventually lead to your Trebhums evolving and gaining new physical attributes and abilities, while also changing the way they look. But it won't be all just wandering around and eating things, as the title also has a story to follow, likely involving the eponymous cylinder that, unsurprisingly, like to squish everything in its path.
Release Date: September 6, 2019
Falcon Age is a single-player action-adventure title that follows protagonist Ara as she rebels against the robotic colonizers that have taken over and depleted her world's resources. She does this alongside her trusty falcon, the bond between the two is central to the title's gameplay. Not only can you name, pet, dress up and fist bump your falcon, you'll also have to hunt animals and make sure it's fed, all while battling the invaders in an attempt to reclaim Ara's culture. Falcon Age will feature both non-VR and VR modes.
Release Date: February 27, 2020 (Early Access)
Foregone is a loot-filled 2D action-platformer in which you play as the strongest super-soldier around. When your city is beset by a force known as the Harrow, you're tasked with investigating and making sure it doesn't destroy your home. To do so, you have an entire arsenal's worth of weapons and skills at your disposal.
Release Date: July 21, 2017 (Early Access)
By now, Epic's battle royale title needs no presentation. Initially launched with only its Save The World mode, which saw players building bases and protecting them against waves of zombies, Fortnite's popularity skyrocketed once its Battle Royale component launched. Continuing to draw millions of players, it's no surprise that Fortnite is found exclusively on the Epic Games Store.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Release Date: October 4, 2019
A sequel to 2017's Ghost Recon Wildlands, Ghost Recon Breakpoint moves the action to the Auroa archipelago, home of Skell Technology, a tech giant that counts autonomous drones among its specializations. Players will go up against none other than the Wolves, an ex-US military unit gone rogue, led by Colonel Cole D. Walker. The title can be played either in single-player or co-op, which supports up to four players. Ghost Recon Breakpoint will also feature a class system, while the same player character can be used in both its PvE and PvP modes.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered
Release Date: October 4, 2019
Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered aims to bring 2009's title back with some added shine and enhancements. Seen by many as a proper sequel to the movies, the title features Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson voicing the popular characters in an original story by the writers of the original films. Players will roam across New York, capturing ghosts and upgrading their weapons for large scale boss fights. The remaster is being handled by Saber Intearctive and can be found on the Epic Games Store.
Release Date: Holiday 2020
Revealed during The Game Awards 2019 as the first PS5 exclusive title, Godfall will also make its way to PC via the Epic Games Store. Set in a bright fantasy universe and described as a looter-slasher, the title will have players engaging in melee combat to obtain increasingly better loot.
Gods & Monsters
Release Date: 2020
Gods & Monsters is an upcoming open world storybook adventure from the creators of Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Typhon has stripped the Greek gods of their powers and it's up to you to help them reclaim their strength. You do so by exploring a gorgeous island and succeeding in its "tricky challenges, dangerous dungeons and heroic trials". During your journey, you'll encounter and face off against a variety of monsters from Greek mythology such as Cyclops, Gorgons and Hydras.
Release Date: January 2021
Hitman 3 marks the end of the World of Assassination trilogy, taking players across the world one more time and tasking them with assassinating a variety of targets, extracting valuable information and more. The complex sandbox locations that have made the previous two games popular return, giving players the freedom of figuring out what makes them tick and choosing their preferred method of approach.
Release Date: May 12, 2020
Huntdown is a retro-inspired, 2D side-scrolling action title which puts players in control of bounty hunters whose job is to bring the fight to the criminal underworld of a futuristic city. Players can choose between three playable characters, features hand painted 16-bit pixel art graphics as well as hand-drawn animations, and can be played both solo or in two-player local co-op.
Industries Of Titan
Release Date: April 14, 2020
An industrially-inclined city-builder, Industries of Titan sends players to Saturn's moon bearing the same name, where they must create their own sprawling city. Production lines must be set up to refine resources into powerful devices and buildings, while the needs of workers must be monitored to ensure their productivity doesn't take a hit. Titan's Great Houses won't take kindly to your expansion but, luckily, differences can be settled through technological superiority, political influence or tactical battleship combat, when all else fails.
Jett: The Far Shore
Release Date: 2020
In Jett: The Far Shore, you step into the shoes of Mei, the first scout to deploy to a mythic ocean planet and set off on exploring the unknown in an effort to find a future for "a people haunted by oblivion". While exploration brings awe-inspiring sights and moments of serenity, you'll also have to evade pursuers and navigate hazards.
John Wick Hex
Release Date: October 8, 2019
John Wick Hex is a strategy game featuring Keanu Reeves' character from the well-known action move franchise. Described as "fight-choreographed chess brought to life as a video game", the title mixes strategy gameplay with the iconic fighting style the movies are known for. Players will unlock different weapons and suits, that change up how they approach fights, while limited ammo and reloading require carefully considering each move. Developed by Mike Bithell, of Thomas Was Alone fame, in close collaboration with the creative and stunt teams that worked on the films, John Wick Hex will feature an original story and a fairly distinct graphic noir art design.
Journey to the Savage Planet
Release Date: January 29, 2020
In first-person adventure game Journey to the Savage Planet, players take on the role of a Kindred Aerospace recruit. Your job, as a member of the 4th best interstellar exploration company, is to be sent on an uncharted planet, "with little equipment and no real plan", and catalog both flora and fauna, in an attempt to determine whether the planet is suitable for human habitation.
Release Date: October 17, 2019
Kine is a 3d puzzle platformer about three machines with musical aspirations. Using the three protagonists' different shapes, players must navigate landscapes of cardboard boxes on the path to artistic enlightenment.
The Last Campfire
Release Date: Summer 2020
The Last Campfire's cutesy art style makes it stand out instantly but although we're nearing release, we know little about the upcoming adventure game. Developer Hello Games has revealed that you play as an ember "trapped in a puzzling place, searching for meaning and a way home". Your journey takes you beyond the dark forest and will see you facing adversities but also encountering all manners of creatures.
Magic: The Gathering Arena
Release Date: January 16, 2020
Magic: The Gathering Arena is the latest digital take on the massively popular card game. Featuring practice modes, casual matches and competitive formats, the title brings the complex, expansive card game to the PC. Players will be able to build their favorite decks by mixing and matching cards to suit their strategy and compete online against friends or strangers.
Release Date: May 22, 2020
Tripwire Interactive's upcoming open world ARPG Maneater lets you play as a giant Bull Shark that's looking to get revenge on the man who killed its mother. It sets players loose in the waters of the southern US Gulf Coast and will allow them to customize the shark's various stats as well as enhance its body parts to better fit specific roles. Maneater will be an Epic Games Store exclusive for the first 12 months following its launch.
Release Date: October 18, 2019
Set in an "Escher-esque world of impossible architecture", abstract puzzler Manifold Garden challenges the player's take on physics and the genre. The title features endlessly repeating geometry in all directions, which players must navigate by manipulating gravity, all in an attempt to bring back vegetation and life in their barren world.
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries
Release Date: December 10, 2019
Set in the year 3015, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries puts players at the helm of a mercenary company that barely avoided destruction. Split into multiple factions, humanity wages war with itself making for plenty of lucrative business opportunities for the savvy mercenary. As you take on contracts, you'll pilot and battle against various BattleMech from the game's over 50 chassis' and 100+ available sub-variants. You'll be able to tear down anything in your path, including large structures, from the very cockpits of various 'Mechs. A mercenary company, however, doesn't run itself. Thus, in between battles, you'll also have to manage your roster of 'Mechs and mercenaries. MechWarrior 5 will be a timed Epic Games Store exclusive on PC.
Release Date: August 18, 2020
Mortal Shell is an action-RPG set in a shattered world in which humanity didn't have the greatest of luck. Players possess Mortal Shells, the bodies of defeated warriors, and take the fight to the creatures desecrating humanity's rotten remains. The game takes a page out of the Souls book when it comes to its ruthless combat.
No Straight Roads
Release Date: June 30, 2020
No Straight Roads is a music-based action-adventure game that follows indie rock musicians Mayday and Zeke as they kickstart a musical revolution against the EDM empire No Straight Roads. The title features 8 levels inspired by different music genres, enemies that attack to the beat of the music playing in the background and the ability to turn stage props into weapons.
Release Date: 2020
From the moment he discovered the secret behind what was going on at the factory where he worked, Abe hasn't exactly had an easy life. By the sound of it, Oddworld: Soulstorm will only make that worse as the "ravaged, desperate and hopelessly unprepared" Mudokon hero has to travel across "a brutal landscape of nasty surprises" with no less than "three hundred hungry mouths in tow". Inspired by the timeless original story, Soulstorm aims to be a modernized iteration that taps into what made Abe's Odyssey so recognizable while bringing improvements like "a big visual and cinematic leap" to the table.
Release Date: May 5, 2020 (Early Access)
Old World is a historical strategy game from Soren Johnson, Lead Designer of Civilization IV and Offworld Trading Company. The title puts you in the role of the founder of an ancient empire, mortality being a factor in Old World. Each turn ages your character by one year, eventually leading to death and the torch being passed to your children. The title's dynamic events system forge a procedural story for your nation, based on the decisions you take and which characters you befriend or antagonize. Old World also brings a twist of its own when it comes to movement. Instead of moving your units each turn, you can move them for as long as your Orders resource, which can be used for other things like combat or constructions, allows.
Omen of Sorrow
Release Date: June 7, 2019
With a cast of characters inspired by classical horror, fantasy and mythology, Omen of Sorrow aims to give players a refresher course on the fighting game genre's arcade legacy. Its combat system favors "movement and spacing over tight execution", in an attempt to have something to offer to both experienced players and newcomers. Initially launching on the PS4, the title is now headed on PC via the Epic Games Store.
Release Date: July 15, 2020 (Early Access)
Ooblets lands on the relaxed side of games, aiming to provide a mixture of farming, town life, and creature collection. Its stars are the critters that give it its name. Ooblets come in many shapes and sizes, although all of them are cute little buggers, and are there for you to grow, collect and have dance battles with. Naturally, there's also a rundown farm you get to build back up, a house that needs to be decorated with all manner of objects and clothes you'll likely spend hours shifting through until you get that desired look for your character.
The Outer Worlds
Release Date: October 25, 2019
The Outer Worlds is Obsidian Entertainment's next first-person sci-fi RPG. Taking place in the Halcyon corporate colony, players will encounter a variety of quirky characters and factions with which they can negotiate, using both language and lead, as they attempt to thwart the colony's destruction. Focusing on narrative and choice, players will be tasked with navigating a world full of monsters and corporate intrigue alongside companions, each with their unique abilities. The title also introduces a system of flaws that tracks what you're not particularly great at. You can then leverage weaknesses by taking on perks that debuff your character in exchange for strong buffs in other areas.
Release Date: February 27, 2020
In Overpass, players control powerful buggies and quads as they try to navigate extreme tracks and hazardous terrain. A significant departure from what most racing titles bring to the table, Overpass trades speed for mastery of its rough terrain and vehicles that vary in terms of technical specifications.
Release Date: 2020
The Pathless is the next project from Giant Squid, the studio behind indie darling Abzu. In it, players take on the role of a Hunter and, alongside their eagle companion, set off to dispel the curse of darkness that has the world in its grips. While puzzles and ancient ruins make a return, The Pathless will shed Abzu's pacifism and include battles where Hunters can showcase their archery skills against corrupted spirits.
Release Date: 2020
In Phantom Brigade, players are put at the helm of the last surviving squad of mech pilots in a war-torn land. Described as a "hybrid turn-based & real-time tactical RPG, focusing on in-depth customization and player-driven stories", the title will feature a varied array of tactical battle types, ranging from infiltration missions, to ambushes and straight-up onslaughts, alongside destructible environments. Phantom Brigade will be an Epic Store exclusive for the duration of its Early Access phase which begins in 2020.
Release Date: December 3, 2019
Phoenix Point is an upcoming strategy game from the original creator of the X-COM series, Julian Gollop. While at a first glance its visuals and turn-based tactical battles do echo the modern X-COM entries, the title aims to set itself apart in a number of ways, including through enemies that mutate and evolve in an effort to adapt to the player's tactics. The PC and Mac version of Phoenix Point will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store for the first year after release. All those who've backed its crowdfunding campaign or preordered the game until March 12 will receive all the year one DLC, regardless if free and paid, at no cost.
Predator: Hunting Grounds
Release Date: April 24, 2020
Predator: Hunting Grounds is a 4v1 asymmetrical multiplayer shooter that pits a team of unlucky soldiers against one mighty Predator. The team of four must successfully complete paramilitary operations in remote South American jungles before the player controlling the Predator finds and murders them for sport. You're not exactly helpless as a human either, having access to pistols to assault rifles, shotguns, grenades, and heavy weapons. The Predator, on the other hand, can choose from three classes and employs iconic weaponry and abilities like cloaking, the Plasma Caster, Combistick, Smart Disc, and Wrist Blades.
Release Date: Oct 29, 2019
ReadySet Heroes combines dungeon crawling with arena brawls in a multiplayer setting. In it, up to four players race against each other, whether solo or in teams of two, to reach the end of the same dungeon, all while slaying monsters, avoiding traps and collecting power-ups. Once a team or player gets to the end, they initiate an arena brawl which decides the ultimate winner. Players can choose between several adorable-but-deadly heroes that start with a wooden sword, getting better gear as they slay monsters. ReadySet Heroes also looks towards couch co-op titles for inspiration, focusing on fast-paced action and easy-to-pick-up gameplay.
Rebel Galaxy Outlaw
Release Date: August 13, 2019
Rebel Galaxy Outlaw brings space dogfights to the Epic Games Store. Following Juno Makev who "has a killer to tail, a debt to pay, and more trouble headed her way", the title will most likely launch sometime in 2019 and be an Epic Games Store exclusive for 12 months.
The Red Lantern
Release Date: Summer 2020
A narrative-focused survival game, The Red Lantern is centered on protagonist The Musher and her five sled dogs as they brave the ever-changing Alaskan wilderness on their way home. The title promises "hundreds of unique events" alongside letting you choose how to interact with your surroundings.
Release Date: September 23, 2020 (EGS)
Rocket League is a rather unique title that aims to explore what would happen if one would play soccer but with cars instead of boring people. The vehicular soccer title has seen a fair amount of success since its 2015 launch, managing to retain a rather numerous player base that still engages consistently with its mixture of ball sport and driving. Originally available on Steam, Rocket League is scheduled to launch on the Epic Games Store on September 23, 2020, following Epic Games' acquisition of developer Psyonix. Past that point, the game will only be purchasable on Epic's storefront, although Steam owners will continue to receive regular updates and support.
Release Date: June 20, 2020 (Closed Beta)
Rogue Company is a team-based multiplayer shooter from Tribes: Ascend developer Hi-Rez Studios. In it, players take on the role of Rogue Company mercenaries, members of a top-secret agency that combats "the world's biggest wrongs". The title will feature multiple PvP game modes and cross-play support for all platforms it'll launch on.
RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures
Release Date: November 29, 2018
The theme park management series makes a return with Nvizzio Creations' RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures. Featuring over 120 rides, restaurants and shops, the title lets players set up their parks across four themed environments, with the possibility of choosing between three different game modes: Adventure, shorter Scenarios but also open Sandbox.
Release Date: November 12, 2019
Human Head Studios' Rune II takes place close to Ragnarok, putting players in the shoes of the one chosen to become Midgard's savior. On their journey to stop Loki and his minions, players will collect resources, uncover artifacts and take on various mythological beasts in brutal melee combat.
Saints Row: The Third Remastered
Release Date: May 22, 2020
Saints Row: The Third Remastered sees players returning to Stillwater to cause all manners of insane mayhem as the Saints find themselves at the height of their power. The remaster brings enhanced visuals, including textures, lighting and effects, while containing the original's three expansion packs and 30 pieces of DLC, all chock-full of the series' over the top action.
Release Date: June 11, 2020
2019's Samurai Shodown reboots SNK's fighting game series while taking place between the events of 1993's original Samurai Shodown and Samurai Shodown V. Set one year before the original title's events, the latest installment brings high-end visuals while "faithfully reproducing the game mechanics and atmosphere that contributed to the success of the series".
Release Date: Q4 2020 (Early Access)
Saturnalia is a survival horror adventure game that weaves rogue-lite elements into its gameplay. Set in an isolated Sardinian village that's no stranger to ancient rituals, the title follows a group of strangers as they attempt to uncover the mysteries of the place. Characters represent lives, the title sending you back to its beginning when all of them die. The layout of the village changes with each run, while managing your supply of matches and solving puzzles is key to getting to the bottom of what's happening in the village.
Release Date: 2021
A reboot of the classic city-building game, The Settlers follows a group of people trying to build themselves a new life in unknown lands after an earthquake devastates their home. Volker Wertich, the original Settlers creator, leads the reboot which aims for "a fresh take on the familiar gameplay mechanics with food and stamina new feature (sic!) and saving rewards system.". Players will be able to tackle The Settlers alone or with friends in its multiplayer mode.
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Developed by Vblank Entertainment, the studio behind Retro City Rampage, Shakedown: Miami is a top-down pixel art title that aims to parody big business. Mixing open world action with empire building, the title will see players "completing open world missions, acquiring businesses, sabotaging competitors, "re-zoning" land, and shaking down shops for protection money".
Release Date: November 19, 2019
Ryo Hazuki's tale continues in Shenmue III, as he seeks to solve the mystery behind the Phoenix Mirror, an artifact that drew the attention of his father's killer. The third installment in the series takes players through rural China, where they can help Ryo continue his martial arts training, gamble, play arcade games and take on various part-time jobs.
The Sinking City
Release Date: June 27, 2019
Lovecraftian adventure game The Sinking City follows a private investigator exploring the half-submerged city of Oakmont, where supernatural forces have made their presence known. The title makes use of an open investigation system that makes it possible to solve cases in a variety of ways as players explore the game's oppresively atmospheric open world.
Release Date: May 28, 2020
Described as a "first-person/open-world/vandalism-centric stroll through a polluted island full of cranky idiots", Sludge Life puts players in the role of upcoming tagger GHOST, following his attempt to reach the top of the graffiti food (spray?) chain. With curiosity and free will as sole motivators, you can freely roam its tiny island while partaking in vandalism, playing video games inside the video game or smoking cigarettes. There's also a dedicated fart button.
Release Date: April 28, 2020
SnowRunner is the follow-up to off-road driving title MudRunner. As its name suggests, the title introduces snow as a new type of terrain which players must navigate but without forgetting mud, torrential waters, and the odd frozen lake. Players will be able to drive 40 vehicles from brands such as Ford, Chevrolet and tackle the game's rough terrain alone or in parties of up to four.
Release Date: September 20, 2019
The Sojourn is an atmospherc puzzle game set in a colorful land that's meant to be a representation of one's inner self. Mixing peaceful exploration and varied puzzles in a world flooded by color, the title promises over 10 hours' worth of gameplay. The title's main mechanic sees players switching between its worlds of light and dark in order to unlock solutions to the evolving challenges that are found throughout its four handcrafted chapters.
Release Date: 2021
Solar Ash is the follow-up title to Heart Machine's excellent Hyper Light Drifter. While the title's aesthetic is eerily similar to Hyper Light Drifter's, Solar Ash leaves pixel art behind, optin for a smooth 3D visual style. While no in-depth details are currently known, its reveal trailer showcases a figure, presumably the main character, sliding stylishly across shattered environments before encountering a massive, seemingly-corrupted, purple opponent.
Release Date: TBA
If there's one thing the battle royale genre doesn't have enough of, that has to be magic. Upcoming battle royale RPG Spellbreak aims to change that, featuring a combat system that revolves around the use of spells. Currently in Closed Alpha and exclusive to the Epic Games Store, players can get access and play the game while it's being developed through the purchase of one of the three available packs.
Super Meat Boy Forever
Release Date: TBA
Super Meat Boy Forever, the sequel to Team Meat's acclaimed indie title, is another game confirmed to be available exclusively on the Epic Games Store for one year following its launch. It will see players attemtping to recover Meat Boy and Bandage Girl's daughter Nugget from the clutches of Dr. Fetus while facing increasingly more difficult platforming challenges.
Release Date: November 12, 2019
Superliminal is a first-person puzzler that employs "the ambiguity of depth and perspective" as solutions to the puzzles in its surreal dream world. In essence, this means that depending on how close or far you are to an object, you're able to manipulate it at the size your perception gives it at that moment: get further away from your desk and the monitor becomes tiny enough to be thrown into your regular size garbage bin.
Release Date: December 9, 2019
SuperMash's gameplay is rather unique, relying on mashing together two of six available genres. Your mashup can then be further customized with Dev Cards that alter how levels play out. Furthermore, should you bump into a particularly great combination, you can easily share it with friends using Mash codes.
Surgeon Simulator 2
Release Date: August 27, 2020
Surgeon Simulator 2 looks like it provides vast amounts of outrageously innacurate surgery while upping the ante on the madness. At least that's what its trailer, which features a head travelling on conveyor belts and being thrown around a facility before being attached to a waiting body, suggests.
Surviving the Aftermath
Release Date: October 19, 2019 (Early Access)
Surviving the Aftermath is the post-apocalyptic follow-up to colony sim Surviving Mars. Following in its footsteps, the title will also focus on building and ensuring the survival of a colony, albeit in a different scenario. Its initial announcement didn't come with many details, but we're bound to learn more later in October, during PDXCON 2019. The title will be an Epic Games Store exclusive during its year-long stint in Early Access that's bound to start "soon".
Release Date: July 23, 2019
Initially available on the PS4, Tetris Effect brings its modern reimagining of the classic puzzle game to the PC. Not only does the title give Tetris a complete makeover, featuring a fairly intense, colorful visual style and music written for each of its 30+ stages, it also adds some elements of its own to the recipe. The Zone mechanic lets players stop time to assess situations both sticky and exploitable for massive amounts of points. The graphis and backgrounds "evolve" as players progress through the levels, while modes such as Marathon, Sprint, and Ultra further add to what's offered. The PC version will support 4K resolutions, ultra-wide monitors and have an uncapped frame rate. Furthermore, it will also launch with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive support.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2
Release Date: September 4, 2020
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 is a collection that brings remastered versions of the popular skating games to a hungering audience. The titles include all the game modes of the original versions, alongside online multiplayer and local two-player modes. Bringing back its plethora of cool tricks and iconic soundtrack, the title will also come with upgraded Create-A-Park and Create-A-Skater features.
Total War Saga: Troy
Release Date: August 13, 2020
Part of a spin-off series meant to focus on pivotal points in history rather than entire eras, Total War Saga: Troy will let players experience the Trojan War from both the Greek and Trojan perspectives. Featuring the series' trademark mixture of large real-time battles and empire management, Troy will see players contolling heroes such as Achilles, Hector, prince Paris and king Menelaus while calling into battle mythic units that resemble various mythological creatures.
Totally Reliable Delivery Service
Release Date: April 1, 2020
Don't be fooled by the title; Totally Reliable Delivery Service is more about the sheer chaos resulting from its ragdoll physics simulation of what being a courier is like. Whether you play alone or in co-op, you'll find yourself battling with the game's physics as you attempt to deliver packages. While that might sound bland, it's best not to underestimate how great it feels to actually manage to fly over to the right address using a fire extinguisher to propel your through the air and leave the package mostly intact.
Release Date: December 1, 2020
Twin Mirror is an episodic third-person adventure title from developer DontNod Entertainment that follows investigative journalist Sam Higgs. Returning to his hometown for his best friend's funeral, Sam wakes up the next morning with his shirt covered in blood and no memory of what happened. In his attempt to uncover the truth, he's accompanied by his alter ego, The Double, which acts as both "an occasional advisor and permanent wise-ass".
Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer's Legacy
Release Date: 2021
Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer's Legacy is a roguelite action-RPG that puts you in the shoes of the titular Wayfarer tasked with destroying the Staff of Yendor. Death will be a common occurrence, however, once your character kicks the bucket, you have the option of continuing in the same world. You'll return years later with a new character, seeing the impact you previously made on the world. Alternatively, or if you die during the last mission, you'll have to start all over again, making a new series of choices and defeating dangerous creatures yet again.
Release Date: 2014
Just like Fortnite, it's no surprise seeing Epic Games' own Unreal Tournament on the Epic Games Store. It entered crowdsourced development a few years ago but is confirmed to no longer be in active development. Still, should anyone want to see how far it got, it's available for free.
Untitled Goose Game
Release Date: September 20, 2019
Video games have, somehow, not managed to put players in the role of a mean goose that goes about making life hard for people. Untitled Goose Game plans to change that. Described as a "slapstick-stealth-sandbox", it follows the adventures of a goose hell-bent on interfering with the usual goings-on of a peaceful village. Whether its stealing hats, keys or just scaring unsuspecting villagers with your incessant honking, Untitled Goose Game's premise is, without a doubt, the best that video games can offer.
The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series
Release Date: September 11, 2019
Staying true to its name, The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series not only contains all the games released in the series but also includes digital goodies such as 10 hours' worth of developer commentary and a documentary short. Those fond of the graphic black art style in The Final Season will also find that it can now be applied to every episode.
Watch Dogs: Legion
Release Date: October 29, 2020
Set in a dystopian version of London where society is constantly surveilled by a radical government while crime and human trafficking run rampant, Watch Dogs: Legion focuses on DedSec's attempt to build a resistance. Where previous titles in the series featured set protagonists, Watch Dogs: Legion will let players essentially recruit any NPC they deem worthy enough and play as them. Each of these NPCs comes with its own specializations and abilities, being suited for specific missions, and players can jump between them when the situation demands it. There's also an element of permadeath and losing a member means you either have to look for someone else with similar skills or change your approach.
Release Date: December 17, 2019
Colorful and cheery, Wattam is a game about the "joys of friendship" from the creator of Katamari Damacy. Dubbed as the "ultimate goof-around simulation", Wattam lets you roam its world either on your own or in co-op and befriend its over 100 characters, which include sushi, seashells and normal-sized toilets. You're able to "dance, chase, climb, stack, float, explode and hold hands", which makes the title sound like a lot of carefree fun.
What the Golf?
Release Date: October 1, 2019
Like everyone else, I've often wondered what using my house as a golf ball would be like. It's questions like these that self-described silly physics-based golf parody game What the Golf? aims to answer. From turning a house into a golf ball to trying to hit a moving hole or partake in some bowling, players will be able to experience a plethora of absurd, and possibly golf-related, scenarios including "epic golf boss fights", all in a game "made by people who know nothing about golf".
The Wolf Among Us 2
Release Date: TBA
Telltale Games' revival eariler in 2019 bore its first fruit with the re-announcing of The Wolf Among Us 2. The new Telltale is working on the second season alongside AdHoc Studio, with Bigby Wolf and Snow White bound to make a return.
World War Z
Release Date: April 16, 2019
The last exclusive from the first batch of titles on the Epic Games Store is Saber Interactive's World War Z. It's a fast-paced third person shooter that pits four players against hordes of zombies. Based on the popular movie, it "explores new storylines and characters from around the world in tense, overwhelming, gruesomely exciting missions".
Release Date: November 12, 2019
An action-RPG inspired by slavic folklore, Yaga puts players in the shoes of one-handed blacksmith Ivan. As if being caught between a Tzar fond of giving him impossible tasks and a witch that looks for every opportunity to manipulate him, Ivan's grandma also insists that he find a wife. Thus, Ivan must set off to defeat monsters, befriend or make foes of villagers and make his way through a world where pagan superstitions are, actually, quite real.
Zombie Army 4: Dead War
Release Date: February 4, 2020
Zombie Army 4: Dead War marks the return of Rebellion's co-op zombie shooter. Hitler might be enjoying lava baths and eternal toil in Hell but his hordes are back and it's up to you, alongside up to three other buddies to make sure the undead die once more. The title continues the series' story, sending the Survivor Brigade "across Italy and beyond".
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