Mobius’s crowdfunded game, Outer Wilds, will be a timed exclusive on the Epic Games Store.
On the crowdfunding website Fig, Mobius confirmed that the game will be launching on Xbox One and Epic Games Store on PC first, with additional platforms coming later:
“Throughout the development of the game, we’ve welcomed helpful partnerships with Annapurna Interactive, XBox, and Epic to support us and keep our small studio running long enough to ship the game at the level of quality that it is today. Each of these partnerships has enabled us to make the game better and more accessible for everyone who will play it.”
However, some fans are not very happy with this announcement. One person on the Fig page exclaimed, “Very disappointed with Epic exclusivity. I’ve been looking forward to this game since that public beta demo released years and years ago. As one of your earliest fans, it sucks that I have to wait even longer to play on my platform of choice.”
Outer Wilds is the second crowdfunded game to become an Epic Games Store timed exclusive, the first one being Snapshot Games’s Phoenix Point. One fact worth noting is that Snapshot Games offered refunds for backers who were upset about the timed exclusivity announcement of the game, while Mobius has not mentioned whether or not backers of the Outer Wilds will have the option. Several users on ResetEra commented, “Phoenix Point did refunds at least. Wonder if they’ll do so there too” and “I sure hope they offer refunds to backers who paid expecting this to be on Steam.”
Epic Games has caused quite a stir in the PC gaming community this year, snatching up timed exclusives for both indie titles such as Close to the Sun and Hades, as well as blockbuster AAA titles like Borderlands 3 and Metro Exodus.