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World War Z sells 'way above expectations' on PC thanks to Epic Store exclusivity, dev says

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Third-person zombie shooter World War Z (opens in new tab) is selling "way above expectations" on PC thanks to its Epic Games Store exclusivity, developer Saber Interactive has said.

The game passed one million copies sold this week across PC and consoles, and more than a quarter of those sales were on the Epic Games Store. Saber Interactive chief executive Matthew Karch told VentureBeat (opens in new tab) that the game has sold particularly well on the store outside of the US. 

“Overall the US and EU have been equally strong in sales. We have had 70,000 people playing at once across all platforms, with very similar distribution among PC, PS4 and Xbox," he said. "What surprises us is the fact that sales outside of the US on the Epic Store have been so strong, with the US being only one quarter of sales.”

In a separate press release (opens in new tab), Karch added: “On the PC specifically, we are performing way above expectations thanks to the support we have received from the Epic Games Store." He did not expand on how exactly the Epic Store had helped the game exceed expectations. 

It's another indication that launching on the Epic Games Store rather than Steam is not harming developers' sales figures: last month Epic said that Metro Exodus (opens in new tab), another exclusive, sold 2.5 times better on the store than Metro: Last Light did on Steam.

Partly thanks to the sales of World War Z, the Epic Games Store had a "record weekend" last weekend, according to a tweet from Epic Games (opens in new tab) on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney said that the store will stop exclusives (opens in new tab) if Steam changes its revenue split for developers.

Thanks, PCGamesN (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.