Upcoming XCOM Successor Phoenix Point now an Epic Store Exclusive

By Joe Robinson 13 Mar 2019 0

Despite being delayed several times already, there’s no denying that plenty of people are looking forward to the release of Snapshot Game’s Phoenix Point. After all, it’s a turn-based tactical strategy game in the vein of XCOM, created by the guy behind the original X-COM games, Julian Gollop. We’ve looked at the game twice last year to see how it was coming along, and so far, we’re very impressed.

Yesterday Gollop and Snapshot dropped another bombshell, although thankfully it’s not another release date delay. Depending on your views of the whole Steam vs. Epic Games thing however, it still might not be the best of news.

It seems when Phoenix Point releases in September this year, it will be exclusively on the Epic Games store for the first year. That means the planned GOG and Steam releases will be scrapped until September 2020 at the earliest, as this is a timed exclusive.

Mr. Gollop made the above video explaining the situation in full but here’s a summary:

  • Anyone who picked ‘Steam’ or ‘GOG’ as part of their Backer pledge will instead receive a key for the Epic Games Store at launch.
  • When the exclusivity period is up, those same backers will then get an additional store key to be redeemed on their original platform of choice.
  • Anyone who Is not happy with this deal will be offered a full refund.
  • Anyone who has backed or bought into the game since the original Kickstarter up until March 12th, 2019 will receive the game’s first year of DLC for free via the Epic Games store.

If you want to know more, there is an FAQ up on the official website, and the developers will be holding an AMA on /r/phoenixpoint at 7pm GMT / 12pm Pacific later today.

This is the latest in a string of videogames, both high profile and indie, that have pledged an exclusive commitment to the Epic Games store since its launch last year. Again, it's probably not going to signal the imminent collapse of Valve's platform, but if this keeps on happening, one has to wonder what the future holds for PC gaming.




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