"As a developer ourselves, we have always wanted a platform with great economics that connects us directly with our players", said Epic Games founder and CEO, Tim Sweeney in a prepared statement. When it snubbed Google Play Store on Android, Epic Games made its position clear. Rebel Galaxy Outlaw will debut on Epic's store, with developers Double Damage Games saying it'll hit other stores "At some point, sure, but not for a while". And to actually put money where its mouth is, the company has just opened the doors to its shiny new Epic Games Store to entice developers with an 88/12 revenue sharing arrangement. That's why Epic Games is making them an offer they might not be able to refuse. Up first is underwater exploration title Subnautica, which will be available at no charge from December 14.
But while that revenue split might draw more game creators to the store, right now it's extremely small and simplistic.
Earlier this week, Epic Games announced that they were taking Steam head on with their own online PC gaming client.
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The launch lineup of non-Epic games features the early access debut of Hades, a roguelikelike dungeon-crawler from Bastion and Pyre mob Supergiant Games, Ashen, an action-RPG about unknowingly roleplaying an NPC, and Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek, the prequel to 2017's first-person sneaker.
Store pages for individual games like Hades have some information and trailers but no user reviews or links to forums, newsfeeds, and lots of other features which can occasionally be useful but also overwhelming and unnecessary.
The "much more generous offering" had sparked interest among independent developers, wrote Dustin Bailey on the PCGamesN website.