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Epic Games Store Nabs Control, The Sinking City, and Many More New Exclusives

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Despite fury from some consumers, developers continue to sign exclusivity deals for the Epic Games Store, with a new swathe announced at GDC.

Key among those newly revealed exclusives are Remedy Entertainment’s Control and Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Désilets’s prehistoric project Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey.

Meanwhile, much discussion has centred on the unexpected revelation that Quantic Dream is bringing Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human to PC via Epic’s distribution platform.

Further new games include the free-to-play action RPG Dauntless, the factory-building sim Satisfactory, and The Sinking City.

While Obsidian’s new RPG The Outer Worlds will also land on the store, it will also be available via the Windows Store.

This fresh slate of reveals comes little more than a week after Julian Gollop revealed his new XCOM-alike Phoenix Point will be exclusive to the new storefront for a year.

As with other games set to arrive on Epic Games Store, the deals for many of these new releases seems to last for at least a year, with the Steam pages of Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, The Sinking City and The Outer Worlds, at least, mentioning specifically the delay.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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