A few days ago we learned that Epic Games was intending to launch its own digital storefront, taking aim at Steam's dominance by giving developers 88% of the revenue. As of today, the Epic Games Store is live with its first batch of games.
Although its initial offering isn't truly vast, the Epic Games Store does have its handful of exclusives. The obvious two titles are Fortnite and Unreal Tournament, although the latter isn't in active development anymore.
When it comes to third party titles, Epic's storefront boasts Supergiant Games' rogue-like Hades, which just entered Early Access, alongside the souls-like Ashen, which also got surprise-released there. Double Damage's Rebel Galaxy Outlaw has its store page, as does a PC version of Journey, set to come soon, and Hello Neighbor: Hide & Seek.
The Epic Games Store will also give users a free game every two weeks. Its first offering will be the excellent survival title Subnautica, available from December 14 to December 27. It will be followed by Super Meat Boy, available from December 28 to January 10.
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.
A44's souls-like Ashen kept a low profile since it initally appeared on the radar in 2014. Even moving into the latter stages of 2018, it was lacking a fixed release date, only for it to go live on the Epic Games Store following The Game Awards 2018. Built around ruthless challenge and stamina management, Ashen is set in a sunless world and emphasizes "forging relationships", whether with players or NPCS, the end goal being that of growing the settlement that acts as a home for humanity's last remaining survivors.
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.
Genesis Alpha One
Genesis Alpha One was actually headed for a Steam release until a few days ago, when publisher Team17 announced that they'd be officialy launching the game on the Epic Games Store instead. The Steam listing for the title remains, and more information regarding whether or not it'll launch on Steam is said to come in the future, but its certain that the roguelike ship building FPS will only be launching on the Epic Games Store on January 29.
Supergiant Games remained silent after it put out its strange sports game of sorts Pyre. That changed when Hades was announced during The Game Awards 2018, only to hit the Epic Games Store in Early Access the same day. Hades, a "rogue-like dungeon crawler", sees the studio tackling a new genre in a Greek mythology-inspired setting, all while maintaining that trademark Supergiant flair.
Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek
Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek is a prequel to Dynamic Pixels' stealth horror game. Framed as a game of hide-and-seek with one's brother, the title aims to explain the events leading up to Hello Neighbor.
Journey, the PS3 exclusive that inspired a good amount of exploration-focused titles in the years following its launch, also has a page of its own on the Epic Games Store. thatgamecompany's title is published on PC by Annapurna Interactive, but no specific release date is given at the moment. Regardless, the tranquil exploration title is one that the PC was thoroughly missing and will, no doubt, be reason enough for some to give Epic's storefront a try.
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.
Rebel Galaxy Outlaw
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.
Coffee Stain Studios' Satisfactory was initially going to launch on Steam, but is now an Epic Games Store exclusive. The studio behind the first-person factory building game took to YouTube to clarify the situation and will hold a Q&A this week. The title sees players "charting and exploiting an alien planet, battling alien lifeforms, creating multi-story factories, entering conveyor belt heaven, automating vehicles, and researching new technologies. "
Super Meat Boy Forever
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.
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.
World War Z
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".