Hades was one of the very first games revealed to come out as an Epic Games Store exclusive, which opened an entirely new can of worms for the PC gaming market - that of console-like exclusivity deals, but with digital storefronts.
Now, Supergiant Games' writer and designer Greg Kasavin has offered his take on why the company believes releasing their next game as an Epic Games Store exclusive was the right thing to do.
Kasavin was speaking with USG a few weeks back, with the interview getting highlighted a few days ago. In short, Kasavin was highly optimistic about the Epic Store, saying that "they've been a really great partner and helped shine a spotlight on the game."
"We have to be really careful about which platforms we support in what order, because those decisions are so costly for us," said Kasavin, noting that the game is likely to release on other platforms (probably including Steam) once it leaves Early Access on Epic Store. Supergiant would apparently love for Hades to be available everywhere all at the same time, but the technical challenges are too demanding as it stands.
As for the relationship between Steam and Epic Store, Kasavin was clear on his stance: "Being a part of something like the Epic Games Store launch felt like a really natural part of the story of something like this, so I think competition in the game industry is good for everybody. It's good for customers. It's good for people working in the industry."
As for his belief in the long-term success of the Epic Store, Kasavin mentioned how Epic "has a mindset of listening to player feedback", and that Fortnite wouldn't have exploded had they not been highly attentive to what market forces pointed towards.
For a full list of all of the so-far announced Epic Games Store exclusive releases, be sure to reference Game Watcher's guide on the given matter.