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Manifold Garden, Wattam, and No Straight Roads will be Epic exclusives

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Epic announced today that six more games will be launching exclusively on the Epic Games Store: Manifold Garden, Wattam, No Straight Roads, Superliminal, Airborne Kingdom, and The Alto Collection,  which packages together a pair of snowboarding sidescrollers (opens in new tab) that were previously mobile-only.

Manifold Garden explores MC Escher-esque architecture (opens in new tab), and has been in development for years. Wattam (opens in new tab) is the next game from Katamari Damacy director Keita Takahashi, and looks happily bizarre. No Straight Roads (opens in new tab) is an action game from lead Final Fantasy XV game designer Wan Hazmer in which an indie rock band fights the "massive EDM empire."

Of the bunch, I'm most interested in Wattam and Airborne Kingdom (opens in new tab), a city management and exploration game in which we'll build floating clockwork towers—it's looking pretty cool in the gif below. Check out our recent interview with developer Ben Wander for more.

Finally, Superliminal (opens in new tab) is another game that recalls MC Escher—it changes the size of objects based on forced perspective. It's best just to watch the trailer here (opens in new tab) to get what I mean.

The PAX West Showcase video also includes Ooblets (opens in new tab) and Eternal Cylinder (opens in new tab), which we already knew were Epic Store exclusives.

"We are fortunate to have the chance to work with Epic, and the resources they have provided have empowered us to expand the scope and polish of the game as a whole," said (opens in new tab) Manifold Garden developer William Chyr. Both the art and design departments have been expanded as a result of the new funds, he said, and a third-party QA studio has been brought on.

There's no release date for Manifold Garden, but it's "very close," said Chyr.

"I'm aware some people might be disappointed that the game is not on Steam or other platforms at launch," said (opens in new tab) Superliminal developer Pillow Castle. "For those people, I'm sorry! But hopefully this lets us make a better game overall."

Like most other Epic Store exclusives, these games won't release on other PC storefronts for 12 months after launch.

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.