In recent months publishers have begun a trend of releasing their content via their independent online stores. For Instance, there are 3 major games scheduled to release in February, such as, Bioware’s Anthem, 4A Games-Metro exodus and Sumo Digital-Crackdown 3 will not be released on steam for PC. Instead Anthem will be launched on EA’s Origin store, Metro Exodus will be released on the newly launched Epic store and Crackdown 3 will be launched via the Microsoft store.
This seems to be the trend of 2019 in releasing games via the respective publisher store. The Division 2 for example was removed from steam and it is now scheduled to be released via the Epic games store. However, Division 2 is published by Ubisoft and yet it is to be released via Epic games store.
The reason for this is because the Epic games store is giving publishers and developers a more lucrative venture in terms of getting more profit as compared to steam. The Epic store moreover incentivizes publishers by giving them even more profit on the condition that their games run on the unreal engine that Epic games own.
Steam has not been left out in game releases for the month of February. Far Cry New Dawn, as well as Jump Force is releasing on Steam. Though as mentioned this trend is gradually changing because Steam has been in the industry for a very long time and has led to the company monopolizing the PC games space and publishers are trying to gain their own market share by releasing PC games via independent stores. Steam is deeming this unfair because the publishers are taking their customers but in the real sense, they do not want to lose their majority market share.
That said, anyone who pre-ordered Metro Exodus via steam will still be able to download the game but from here on end, future orders for the game will only be purchased via the Epic games store. The PC version for Metro exodus will cost 50$ via the Epic store as opposed to 60$ from Steam.
Stephen is a gamer, experienced in immersive story, racing games and he casually plays first person shooters. He's been playing video games ever since the “Nintendo NES era” of consoles. He has taken interest in publishing game related articles in Kenya because there is a gap in our gaming industry in publishing consistent gaming content that would keep Kenya and African gamers updated on what’s going on in the gaming industry. He thrives in a creative and a team based working environment and always keeps an open mind in trying new game genres.