Epic Games Store is relatively the only serious contender to Valve’s Steam long reigning dominance over PC gaming platforms, and there is several opinions on its pros and cons to the entire ecosystem. A number of games were met with backlash when their games were announced as Epic Games Store exclusives, but Rebellion boss Jason Kingsley is one of its supporters.
At the recent Develop: Brighton 2019 convention, he discussed how much investment and attention to business details Epic Games are trying to pull off with their store, and he really admired their hard work. His studio also have Zombie Army 4: Dead War coming out soon as an Epic Games Store exclusive.
Generally I think I would prefer not to do exclusives but I understand Epic’s position with it, and quite frankly they are paying through the nose to build their store. All credit to them, it’s fantastic, and we’ll take some of their money, thank you very much. [With Zombie Army 4: Dead War] it was a pure business case.
I was aware that Epic was doing exclusives, [but] we hadn’t been offered at the time. I didn’t really think they would, because typically they go for the super big.
Obviously they count our new title Zombie Army 4 as a big title, which is great, it’s a really nice bonus for us. I was quite impressed by the numbers they offered.
Sometimes, as an independent developer, you’ve gotta take your chances. When something like that is offered… you sort of share the risk and share the reward.
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