Epic's store launches with exclusives from Supergiant & Coffee Stain

Epic's store launches with exclusives from Supergiant & Coffee Stain

Epic Games' new digital storefront went live last night during the Game Awards and it already has an exclusive to call its own: Hades, the latest game from the developers of Bastion and Pyre at Supergiant Games.

Installation requires elevation but holds no surprises.

Epic Games announced that it will give away a free game every two weeks in 2019; means, anyone who installs the Epic Games Store on their device may grab these games free of charge and add them to their account.

Epic's store won't just be yet another Steam clone.

The first of those timed freebies will be Subnautica, which will be available from December 14 to December 27, followed by Super Meat Boy from December 28 to January 10.

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The main page for the Epic store lists another nine games as "coming soon". The two games are fairly popular and have been well received.

The store only contains three purchasable games, so isn't ready to knock Steam out just yet. Developers get 88 per cent of the the money that comes in from sales of their games on the platform.

Lots of basic features are missing right now; Search is missing, and there are not categories or tags to browse games of interest. But several of the other games listed are still headed to Steam, as far as is known. CEO Tim Sweeney's tirade against Microsoft's UWP platform and the more recent Fortnite on Android drama has given the game developer and publisher a more "pro-developer" image. This is not too dissimilar to EA making select games free on its Origin store.

Epic Games says it is "funding these free releases so you always have something new to come and check out". I've got a strong suspicion (and semi-legit sources) that epic wants creators to build things for their games and be able to sell it.

Now You: Will you install the Epic Games Store on your devices?

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