Obsidian Entertainment's 2019 science fiction role-playing game The Outer Worlds will launch on Epic Store and Microsoft Store instead of Steam.
During its Unreal keynote at GDC 2019 on Thursday, March 21, Epic Games confirmed its partnership with publisher 2K's label Private Division for the distribution of The Outer Worlds via the Epic Games Store.
The first-person shooter RPG hybrid game from the original creators of Fallout will also launch on the Microsoft Store, PC Gamer reported.
This controversial news comes on the heels of the fresh release of Ubisoft's The Division 2 on Epic Games Store. What's more is that according to Epic Games, future Ubisoft games will also launch on Epic Games' digital PC platform.
Timed Exclusive Launch On Epic Games Store
To the dismay of many gaming fans, The Outer Worlds will become available on other PC stores, particularly Steam, at least a full year after its timed exclusive release on the two aforementioned digital PC platforms. On the Steam website, the RPG's release date is now updated to 2020.
Being one of the hotly anticipated video games this year, the incoming Obsidian Entertainment's sci-fi RPG is said to be the biggest title yet to launch on Epic Game's thriving platform. As it appears, Epic Games has devised a strategy that effectively works to its advantage. It does not compete head-to-head with Steam in terms of features. What it does instead is to attract players by securing some of the most anticipated games, whether as a timed exclusive title or not.
Other high-profile games that will see an exclusive release on Epic Games Store include Afterparty, The Sinking City, and Industries of Titan.
The Other Worlds Features
The Outer Worlds is a first-person shooter sci-fi RPG that is deeply inspired by Fallout: New Vegas, a popular 2010 title, also from Obsidian Entertainment. Among the game's features include multiple endings, RPG attributes and skills, companions for players, and more.
It sets itself apart from other existing video games as it mainly focuses on giving players the freedom of choice as regards to the game's story and gameplay.
"As you explore a space colony, the character you decide to become will determine how this player-driven story unfolds. In the corporate equation for the colony, you are the unplanned variable," reads the video game description.