The Mobius space exploration game, Outer Wilds, is the latest title that has been acquired by Epic for a period of exclusivity with Epic Games Store.
In an update (thanks, ResetEra) to the sponsors and investors who supported the game through Fig, the statement said the team "appreciated the helpful collaborations with Annapurna Interactive, XBox and Epic" to "keep our little studio running on enough time to send the game to the level of quality that it is today. "
Initially, the developer expected the game to be ready by the second quarter of 2016 and had been "planning" to launch the game on Mac, Linux and PC via Steam. While he says his goal is still to "bring the game to his preferred platform as quickly as possible," some supporters are disappointed that it will first be released only on Xbox One and Epic Games Store.
"Outer Wilds will be launched for the first time on XBox One and on PC through the Epic Games Store, and additional platforms will come later," said the Mobius statement. "Rest assured that we read all your comments and our goal is to take the game to your preferred platform as quickly as possible.
"Throughout the development of the game, we have welcomed useful collaborations with Annapurna Interactive, XBox and Epic to support us and keep our small studio running long enough to send the game to the level of quality that it is today. Each of these associations has allowed us to make the game better and more accessible to all who will play it. "
"I understand that the publisher made this agreement and not the development team, and I understand that money is a driving force behind the decision," said an unhappy reddit sponsor. "However, I feel that this is not ethical for crowdfunding campaigns, I did not want to support the game to be able to play it months after the launch on the platform that the campaign originally promoted, and if they informed me of my contribution, I could play the game." Over time, "I would not have promised."
"I really do not want to reimburse, honestly, I'd prefer (sic) that they ask for more money, instead of (sic) timed exclusivity," added another. "Which, by the way, they did not even specify how long it would be, I can not believe I have to wait another six months or years … For me, this feels like a real kick in the teeth for the sponsors." They promised me a key to Steam when I backed the game and I'll have to wait even longer to get what they promised me during the campaign. "
However, as others have said, "we are planning" does not automatically translate to "let's go", and "EGS barely existed if it was not non-existent (sic) at that time, it's no wonder that plans can change. expensive, it's (sic) that's what they needed to get enough money to pay their developers and launch the game, there's no problem here. "
We contacted Epic and Mobius to make comments and update as we receive a response.