The Great Boycott hath commenced. You don’t need to poke around too many corners of the internet before you stumble on gaming community after community that is none too pleased about both the Epic Store and Epic’s aggressive way of doing things.
But, as the now-infamous Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 boycott demonstrates, there’s a world of difference between announcing your intentions to boycott and actually going through with it.
Most people end up having a weak point. A chink in their armour that brings their boycott crashing down. For those COD players, it was the very game they were boycotting that proved their undoing.
So let’s get theoretical. The Epic Store. It’s a terrible, terrible, place, yadda yadda. You know the score. But, what is the one exclusive game announcement that would cause you to cast all these doubts aside and throw some money at Epic? The one massive announcement where it just wouldn’t matter which store it came to, you just have to play it.
Keeping it outside the realm of console exclusives, I have to say I think the one that would do it for me would be, and I’m trying really hard not to go the easy route with Half-Life 3, would have to be No One Lives Forever 3. Or, and this is a bit of a deep cut, a Space Station Silicon Valley sequel. From the folks at DMA Design, before they became Rockstar, that game was an awesome idea that could do with a modern-day redesign. Okay, and one more - Toy Commander 2, but that really would be spoiling me.
On a personal note, I should probably add that I’m not taking part in the old Epic Store boycott. I haven’t bought a game on the Epic Store yet though, merely grabbing the freebies and playing Metro Exodus,and there certainly isn’t a convincing reason for me to buy anything just yet. But, well, I’ve already got a chunk of boycotted brands and a game store paying for exclusives doesn’t rank massively high on my agenda. It’s an annoyance, for sure, but that’s about as far as it goes.
Anyhoo, over to you. What game could encourage you to break your Epic Store boycott?