SAN FRANCISCO—At a Game Developers Conference presentation today, Epic announced a number of new titles that will be available exclusively to its Epic Games Store platform in the coming months.
Chief among the assets for the Epic store is a selection of games from Quantic Dream. Former PlayStation exclusives Heavy rain, Beyond: Two Heartswe had Detroit: Become Human will be available on PC for the first time exclusively through the Epic Games Store, Epic said. Quantic Dream announced back in January that it would begin 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 next Version 2Exclusive release soon on the Epic platform. “Many major PC releases” from Ubisoft will be coming to the Epic Games Store, according to the announcement, but details on what those titles will have to wait. Ubisoft will also add some additional back catalog titles to the Epic 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:
- After the ceremony from Night School Studios
- Management from Remix Entertainment and 505 Games
- The environment from YAGER
- Wireless from Phoenix Labs
- Companies of Titan from Brace yourself Games
- Journey to the Savage Planet from Typhoon Studios and 505 Games
- Kine from Chump Squad
- Phoenix Point from Sculptures
- The sunken city from Frogwares and Bigben
- Spelling from Proletariat Inc
- Ash Sun from Heart Machine and Annapurna Interactive
Epic now boasts of 85 million PC gamers using the Epic Games Store, a number largely driven by Fortnite‘s involved player base. To give some idea of how many users are actively looking for other games on the platform, Apiju said free games like Subnautica we had Slime Rancher has been downloaded 4.5 million times by stores.
Epic also revealed that Deep Silver’s Metro Exoduswhich was launched exclusively by Epic on PC, selling 2.5 times better in its first weeks than before. Metro: Last Light done on Steam, Epic said. To be fair, Epic’s Tim Sweeney told Ars that the same comparison for console versions only shows 1.5 times as many sales for the new game in the series. We have to wonder if the recent Hyper-Drive price drop of the PC version has anything to do with that.
Epic Games Store launched in December with the aim of attracting developers by taking a 12-percent cut of all game sales, compared to Steam’s default 30-percent cut. Following on from a very limited launch lineup, the digital storefront has slowly grown to include there are only a few dozen titles today.