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Quantic Dream, Ubisoft lead next wave of Epic Games Store exclusives

PC players will get to experience this moment of pathos for the first time exclusively through the Epic Games Store.
Enlarge / PC players will get to experience this moment of pathos for the first time exclusively through the Epic Games Store.

SAN FRANCISCO—At a Game Developers Conference presentation today, Epic announced a number of new titles that would be coming exclusively to its Epic Games Store platform in the coming months.

Chief among the acquisitions for Epic’s store are a selection of games from Quantic Dream. Former PlayStation exclusives Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human will be coming to the PC for the first time only via the Epic Games Store, Epic said. Quantic Dream announced back in January that it would start considering platforms beyond the PlayStation console family after an investment from Chinese gaming giant Netease.

Epic also announced that it is extending its partnership with Ubisoft following The Division 2‘s recent exclusive release on Epic’s platform. “Several major PC releases” from Ubisoft will come to the Epic Games Store, according to the announcement, but details on what those titles are will have to wait. Ubisoft will also be adding some additional back catalog titles to the Epic Games Store’s free games program, which offers a new free title every two weeks.

Other exclusive titles coming to the Epic Games Store in the near future include:

  • Afterparty from Night School Studios
  • Control from Remedy Entertainment and 505 Games
  • The Cycle from YAGER
  • Dauntless from Phoenix Labs
  • Industries of Titan from Brace Yourself Games
  • Journey to the Savage Planet from Typhoon Studios and 505 Games
  • Kine from Chump Squad
  • Phoenix Point from Snapshot Games
  • The Sinking City from Frogwares and Bigben
  • Spellbreak from Proletariat Inc
  • Solar Ash from Heart Machine and Annapurna Interactive

Epic now boasts of 85 million PC players using the Epic Games Store, a number surely driven largely by Fortnite‘s massive player base. To give some idea of how many of those users are actively looking for other games on the platform, Epic says that free games like Subnautica and Slime Rancher have been downloaded 4.5 million times through the store.

Epic also revealed that Deep Silver’s Metro Exodus, which launched exclusively through Epic on PC, is selling 2.5 times better in its first weeks than predecessor Metro: Last Light did on Steam, Epic said. For context, Epic’s Tim Sweeney told Ars that a similar comparison for the console versions only showed 1.5 times as many sales for the latest game in the series. We have to wonder if the PC version’s recent Epic-driven price reduction had anything to do with that.

The Epic Games Store launched in December with a plan to attract developers by taking a reduced 12-percent cut of all game sales, compared to Steam’s default 30-percent cut. Following on an extremely limited launch lineup, the digital storefront has slowly grown to include a few dozen titles available today.

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