Epic's store could make a bigger splash than most.
By Tom Marks
This week, Fortnite developer Epic Games announced and then launched a digital storefront housed in the Epic Games Launcher. Apparently that's the thing to do nowadays since Discord launched its own back in October, but the Epic Games Store feels like the first
I'm not saying that Steam is certainly doomed, and even if Epic does manage to push it off the top spot. But this new store is in a unique position to do so. Thanks to Fortnite, there are millions of players out there with the store already installed, and it does not have to convince or force a player base into using its store in the same way.
More than that, Epic already has massive loyalty from people playing Fortnite on mobile. That audience is much younger, and I would bet not even have a gaming PC yet. If they are not, they will be the same as they are now.
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Epic came out swinging at The Game Awards Thursday night too. It announced that Bastion creator Supergiant Games' newest game Hades was live now exclusively on the Epic store, alongside Annapurna's highly anticipated Ashen. Another great surprise was that Journey, previously at Sony exclusive, and some games like Satisfactory even removed their Steam listing to switch platforms.
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As for the platform itself, the Epic Games Store seems to offer a good start. It Uh is attractive, though I'm not sure how to do it, but I do not know how to do it again. if it will go for the much-criticized "anything goes" policy of Steam.
The store launcher also seems to be missing some of the things Steam (and other platforms) have been standardized by now like cloud saves for your account. Hardly-learned lessons, specifically around Early Access labeling. Hades was released in Early Access, but it has all the warnings, updates plans, or other details There's an "Early Access FAQ" that you have to click into, but it lacks the hard, structured answers Steam enforces and is much more of the same info as a result.
Since Fortnite is very much in a perpetual state of Early Access, it is not surprising that I do not doubt for a second that I will not be afraid of it. abandoned before completion?
Even if I'm optimistic about the store as a whole, there are still a lot of questions left to answer. A million things could change or go wrong for Epic, and we will probably not know if it's catching on at least the next year. In the past, you can countless stores like in the past, and Epic's could easily be next.
It is not unreasonable to think the Epic Games Store could be laughed at being the new normal. Even if that happens, Steam will not "die" as a result of that success, but the Epic Games Store is almost certainly the most genuine threat to its crown.
Tom Marks is IGN's PC Editor and pie maker. You can follow him on Twitter.