Mobius’ crowdfunded area exploration recreation Outer Wilds is the newest title to have been snapped up by Epic for an exclusivity interval with the Epic Games Store.
In an replace (thanks, ResetEra) to backers and buyers who supported the sport by way of Fig, the assertion mentioned that the crew “welcomed useful partnerships with Annapurna Interactive, XBox, and Epic” as a way to “preserve our small studio working lengthy sufficient to ship the sport on the degree of high quality that it’s right this moment”.
Initially, the developer anticipated the sport to be prepared for Q2 2016 and had been “planning” to launch the sport on Mac, Linux and PC by way of Steam. While it says its aim stays to “deliver the sport to your most popular platform as rapidly as doable”, some supporters are disenchanted that it’s going to first be launched solely on Xbox One and the Epic Games Store.
“Outer Wilds will first be launched on XBox One and on PC by way of the Epic Games Store, with further platforms coming later,” the assertion from Mobius mentioned. “Rest assured that we learn your entire feedback and our aim is to deliver the sport to your most popular platform as rapidly as doable.
“Throughout the event of the sport, we have welcomed useful partnerships with Annapurna Interactive, XBox, and Epic to assist us and preserve our small studio working lengthy sufficient to ship the sport on the degree of high quality that it’s right this moment. Each of those partnerships has enabled us to make the sport higher and extra accessible for everybody who will play it.”
“I perceive the writer made this deal and never the dev crew, and I perceive cash is a driving pressure behind the choice,” mentioned one sad backer on reddit. “However, I really feel that is unethical for crowdfunding campaigns. I did not wish to assist the sport so I might play it months after launch on the platform the marketing campaign initially promoted. If I used to be advised my contribution meant I might play the sport “finally”, I might not have pledged.”
“I actually don’t wish to refund. Honestly, I might of (sic) most popular them asking for extra money, fairly then (sic) timed exclusivity,” added one other. “Which, by the best way, they did not even specify how lengthy it might be both. I can not consider I’ve to attend one other six months or 12 months. To me, this seems like an actual kick within the tooth to backers. I used to be promised a steam key once I backed the sport and should wait even longer to get what I used to be promised in the course of the marketing campaign.”
As others have mentioned, nevertheless, “we’re planning to” would not robotically translate to “we’re going to”, and “EGS barely existed if not was inexistant (sic) on the time, no surprise plans can change. Game dev is pricey, is (sic) that’s what they wanted to get sufficient cash to pay their devs and launch the sport, no drawback right here.”
We’ve reached out to each Epic and Mobius for remark and can replace as and after we hear again.