Some Epic Store games are pushing back or scrapping Steam releases

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Satisfactory (opens in new tab), one of the upcoming games you'll be able to buy on Epic's new store (opens in new tab), will no longer be available on Steam, while two others—Rebel Galaxy Outlaw and Genesis Alpha One (opens in new tab)—will be timed exclusives for the Epic Store, the developers have announced.

First-person factory builder Satisfactory has removed its Steam page entirely, and Jace Varlet from developer Coffee Stain Studios posted a video (opens in new tab) clarifying that the Epic Store will be "the only place you'll be able to get it". He promised to answer more questions in a future Q&A. 

Space disaster sim Genesis Alpha One will also launch exclusively on the Epic Store in January, publisher Team17 said in a Steam post (opens in new tab). The wording—"we can confirm that Genesis Alpha One will not be launching on Steam on January 29th 2019"—makes it sound like it will come to the platform at some point.

Developer Double Damage's announcement was the most revealing: It confirmed yesterday (opens in new tab) that its space combat sim Rebel Galaxy Outlaw will release exclusively on the Epic Store and will be available "elsewhere" after 12 months. The decision was, in part, fueled by a desire to reduce the cut that stores such as Steam take from games sales, it said. Valve currently takes a 30 percent cut of the sale, whereas Epic will only take 12 percent. 

Double Damage said it hoped the 88/12 split would be the "new standard", and that offering exclusive content to Epic would help create the "momentum" to make that happen across all stores. 

"We hope this is the start of establishing a new standard," it said in a blog post (opens in new tab). "Before Valve and the 70/30 split it was pretty darn rough to be an indie, both in terms of royalty share and in terms of the ability to sell things without a publisher. We can all thank Valve for using their leverage to make that happen, and usher in the era we have now. We think it’s safe to say that a large percentage of the games made today wouldn’t exist without it.

"Epic is using their leverage to push that even farther, to 88/12. That’s another whole strata of developers who can survive. The only way this gets any traction is with some exclusive content and we’re willing to be one of the canaries in the mineshaft."

Double Damage also said that having a "curated store with a more limited selection of quality games" was a positive for customers. 

The three games join other Epic Store exclusives: Ashen (opens in new tab) is available now on the store, but its Steam page (opens in new tab) says a release date is "TBD". Hades (opens in new tab), the next game from Bastion developer Supergiant Games, is also live in Early Access on the Epic Store right now, and isn't available elsewhere.

Other upcoming Epic Store games, including Outer Wilds (opens in new tab) and Maneater (opens in new tab), still have Steam pages, and the developers have not indicated the games will be Epic Store exclusives.

Samuel Horti

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.