- Oct 26, 2017
Satisfactory was announced on Steam and had Steam store page for months. Then suddenly few days ago store page was removed. And today it was announced as Epic Store game. That is how competition looks like to Epic.
It seems like Epic money-hatted it away to be a full exclusive, or at the very least a timed exclusive. Whilst it is entirely possible that the developers decided the 88/12 split was better than a concurrent Steam/Epic store release, it raises questions about how "competition" will work in this. On another thread, I posted this:
I have absolutely no problem with a competing store, but I do have a problem with dragging in console-style tactics to the wider PC market. I fear that a diverse range of third-party games being exclusive to this store or that store will harm discoverability - as customers won't be able to find certain titles without a tremendous amount of effort - confuse customers - for the same reason - and ultimately hurt developers and publishers. Exclusives just about work on console because of the limited selection of competitors - Sony, MS, Nintendo - but on PC, there is now:Competing on games is not competing. It requires the consumer to make a choice, but making a choice is not equal to choice itself.
Example: Sony and MS are are competitors, but they're not competing,. There is no game on the XBone I want. I love Bloodborne. So, to me, they aren't competing, I've just made a choice to buy a PS4, because it has Bloodborne. But if Bloodborne were on the XBone, I would have to make a choice about which system to get, based on controller preference, UI/UX, 4K BR support, Backwards Compatibilty, etc.
But, since Bloodborne isn't on the XBone, I'm forced to buy a PS4, regardless of if I want anything else related to it.
Now apply that to Epic/BNet/MSStore/Origin. See how they're not really competing with Valve, they're just vying for the consumer's wallet.
Ashen confirmed to be.Putting Ashen and SMB:F on watchlist right now, not that they're gonna be removed too
This is neither a good form of competition, nor are all the kiddies screeching competition actually the ones that are affected and complaining about it now
I'm entitled because I want to buy my games on the store that actually thinks about me? The store that has often pushed for fair regional pricing so I don't have to pay crazy amounts of cash for games?
Oh no, now the new excuse is that you don't need new hardware to play these games so its not bad.