11 January 2019
Epic Games has officially launched its own Mac and PC games store named Epic Games Store. The public release of the store has happened just after two days of the announcement. It is accessible via the web browser as well as desktop apps (Windows and Mac platforms).
The Epic Games Store is currently home to a handful of games which is expected to expand with time. It features games across different categories including both paid and free ones. The best part is that Epic will be offering a free game per two weeks which is undoubtedly an incentive to attract users. This free game promotion will be live throughout 2019 where a new game will be made available for free.
There are currently 14 game titles listed by the Epic Games Store. Some of these are available right away, some have a scheduled arrival date, and some are just "coming soon".
Here are all the titles:
- Ashen by A44 and Annapurna Interactive (now available)
- Darksiders III by Gunfire Games and THQ Nordic (available Dec. 14)
- Hades by Supergiant Games (now available)
- Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek by tinyBuild (now available)
- Genesis Alpha One by Radiation Blue and Team17 (coming soon)
- Journey by thatgamecompany and Annapurna Interactive (coming soon)
- Maneater by Tripwire Interactive (coming soon)
- Outer Wilds by Mobius Digital and Annapurna Interactive (coming soon)
- Pathless by Giant Squid Studios (coming soon)
- Rebel Galaxy Outlaw by Double Damage Games (coming soon)
- Satisfactory by Coffee Stain Studios (coming soon)
- Subnautica by Unknown Worlds (available for free from Dec. 14 - Dec. 27)
- Super Meat Boy by Team Meat (available for free from Dec. 28 - Jan. 10)
- World War Z by Saber Interactive (coming soon)
As mentioned in the previous report, Epic Games Store is a direct competitor to Valve's Steam store. Epic has already announced higher game revenue sharing portion for developers where it will be taking only 12% cut. This is quite a boost when compared with Steam's 30% cut.
While Epic has taken the first step towards its goal of taking down Steam, only the time will tell if it will succeed.