Epic Games, the studio behind Fortnite, only announced its own online store a few days ago. But it’s already got a glut of announced PC exclusives. The Game Awards 2018 hosted its own slew of newly announced games — some of them out right now — and a good chunk of them seem tied to Epic’s storefront. That’s in addition to the just-plain-free games you’ll be able to download every month.
So, here’s a breakdown of all the games that, so far, are only coming to the Epic Games Store on PC. That doesn’t discount games that are available on console, of course, and who knows what the future may hold. But for now, this is our best guess at the games helping give Steam a run for its money.
Hades was definitely one of the surprised announcements at The Game Awards. A new, previously unannounced Supergiant Games title? And it’s out now? That’s a pleasant surprise indeed. The game is currently in early access (which also confirms that Epic has an early access program). The store page also describes Hades as a “rogue-like dungeon crawler from the creators of Bastion and Transistor.” It’s $19.99, if you’re interested.
The Pathless isn’t out now, but it was another pleasant surprise from The Game Awards. It’s an upcoming game from Giant Squid, the developers of Abzu, and published by Annapurna Interactive. Seeing as Abzu was great, and Annapurna has been absolutely killing it with offbeat picks lately, it’s worth keeping this one on your radar. It looks pretty, too.
Ashen was first announced about a million years ago (way back in 2014, to be specific). Since then, we’d mostly been left to wonder when this cooperative, Dark Souls-like RPG would resurface. Well, we have our answer. It’s available now in the Epic Games Store. Although it might be a timed exclusive. You can buy it from Epic (or on Xbox One) right now. There is a Steam page for the game, as well, but it’s shifted its projected release date from “2018” to simply “TBD.”
Previously a PlayStation exclusive, Journey is now coming to PC. Annapurna Interactive, a company that seems to work with Epic Games quite a lot, is publishing this version.
This one’s a no-brainer. Epic Games developed and released Shadow Complex itself in 2009. Back then, it was an Xbox 360 exclusive, but the remastered PC version has been available via Epic’s game launcher for some time now. It’s a neat little Metroidvania game.
Technically, you’ve been able to download and play Dauntless for free for a while now. Just head to the Monster Hunter-like game’s website. However, during The Game Awards, we learned that Dauntless is also coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and, you guess it, the Epic Games Store. This is the first time the game will be available from a third-party store and it doesn’t look like Steam is in the cards (for now).
Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek
Hello Neighbor, a sort of… horror puzzle game from 2017… was abysmal. This is it’s prequel. Maybe it’s better than the original? Anyway, it’s on the Epic Games Store.
“Satisfactory is a first-person open-world factory building game with a dash of exploration and combat.” That’s what the Epic Games Store page says, anyway. It looks a lot like a 3D version of Factorio and comes from the creators of Goat Simulator, Sanctum, and Deep Rock Galactic.
World War Z
It’s a game based on the movie based on the book by Mel Brooks’ son, Max Brooks. World War Z was actually announced at last year’s Game Awards, but we just saw real serious footage of it at this year’s event. It looks like it has the movie’s signature zombie “floods” and a lot of shooting. It doesn’t seem to be on Steam, though.
Rebel Galaxy: Outlaw
The original Rebel Galaxy was a cheeky space trucking game with just enough combat to keep things spicy. Outlaw‘s claim to fame is that you can now move around in full 3D, whereas the old game locked you onto a 2D plane. That was a lot of players’ central complaint last time around, so this one seems like a definite improvement. The space trucker charm seems very much intact, too.
I mean… Well… Duh?