The Fortnite developer is hoping to tackle Valve’s widespread Steam store with its new store, nevertheless it gained’t be a straightforward run. To that finish, Epic is providing builders a higher deal on gross sales income, and it’ll ultimately provide Android titles as properly.
The store can even launch one sport for free every two weeks by way of 2019. Up first is underwater exploration title Subnautica, which can be out there at no cost from December 14.
The store options a minimalist interface that appears virtually threadbare whenever you examine it to Steam. Individual sport itemizing pages are heavy on screenshots, and include little greater than a temporary description, trailers, and necessities. There aren’t but options like buyer evaluations, geo-specific pricing, associated titles, a wishlist, and even a search operate – however I count on that to alter in brief order.
Epic presently has titles from smaller studios: there’s Ashen by Annapurna/A44, Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek by tinyBuild, and Genesis Alpha One from Workforce17. Of course, you’ll additionally discover video games from the corporate’s personal secure, together with Shadow Complex Remastered and Fortnite. THQ Nordic’s Darksiders III (already out on Steam) is on the way in which, and Supergiant Games‘ hack-and-slashy Hades is available in early access.
It’ll be attention-grabbing to see if Epic can take a bit out of Steam‘s big slice of the market. While higher income offers would possibly definitely entice builders, getting gamers on board will pose a main problem. But yay, competitors!