We’re about six months into the lifespan of the Epic Games Store now and Epic has gradually been building up a robust library of exclusives, primarily timed exclusives. They’re the headline reason why you’d buy anything from the store because, well, it’s inarguably worse than the competition as a storefront in almost every regard.
The only conceivable benefit to the Epic Store right now, aside from the exclusives, is, potentially, its more curated library of titles. Steam is the Wild West, a place where almost anything and everything can be released. Valve has its limit, and that limit is basically any game that’s less offensive than one where you go about raping people for fun. As I said, almost any game.
The Epic Store, by comparison, has just a few dozen games, each supposedly hand-picked. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney infamous said, “We’ll turn down crappy games that are submitted to the Epic Store.” With just a few dozen games on their store, how RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures crept by their stringent curation remains a matter of mystery so great that it potentially form the foundation for Making a Murderer: Season 3. I think Atari did, they look guilty as hell.
But enough nitpicking, because it’s these exclusive games which Epic believes will drive people to its storefront. Currently, the EGS is the only place you can buy PC copies of Shakedown Hawaii, Metro Exodus, Hades, Close to the Sun, World War Z, Satisfactory, Operencia, RollerCoaster Tycoon World, and Dangerous Driving. It’s also got pseudo-exclusivity on Ubisoft titles such as Anno 1800 and The Division 2, as well as a formidable upcoming line-up of The Sinking City, Borderlands 3, Control, Phoenix Point, Detroit: Become Human, Industries of Titan, The Outer Worlds, Outer Wilds, Rebel Galaxy Outlaw, and more.
Whether any of those are a compulsive reason for you to use the Epic Store is a matter of some internal debate. Those with a degree of patience will no doubt be happy waiting the 90 days / 6 months / 1 year or whatever timed exclusivity it may be before some of these games come to Steam. Patience is a tough virtue to master though, and plenty of folks won’t care one jot where a game is available, they just want to play it when it comes out.
So, six months later, have you buckled to the allure of the Epic Games Store yet? Have you bought any games from the EGS, or do you plan to pick up one of the future titles? Have your say in the poll and let us know why below!