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Steam Loses Yet Another Title to Epic Games

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Originally set for an April 16 release on Steam, Anno 1800 is the next game to be leaving the platform for the Epic Games Store.

The change came with an update on the game’s Steam page, claiming “sales of Anno 1800 will be discontinued on Steam after April 16th due to a publisher decision to make the game exclusive to another PC store.”

However, the notice also reassures those who have already purchased the title that “all prior sales of the game on Steam will be fulfilled on Steam, and Steam owners will be able to access the game and any future updates or DLC through Steam.”

This is clearly an effort by Ubisoft to contain any potential backlash against the decision, given the overwhelmingly negative response to similar news in the past.

Still, whether good or bad, Epic Games and its quest for exclusivity seems to have no end in sight. Anno, though, will still be available on Ubisoft’s Uplay store, much to the chagrin of Steam.

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Report: Game of Thrones Creator Collaborating With FromSoftware

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The writer of A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series behind the popular television show Game of Thrones, has reportedly been consulting on a FromSoftware title.

In a blog post on his official website, George R. R. Martin stated that he has “consulted on a video game out of Japan.”

Gematsu has reported that a contact familiar with FromSoftware—the Japanese development studio known for Dark SoulsBloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice—has shared that Martin is working with the studio on a project known internally as “GR.”

According to Gematsu‘s contact, the project, which has been in development for three years, is an open-world game and will feature horse riding. The player will be able to visit several kingdoms and obtain abilities by killing their leaders. Hidetaka Miyazaki, director of some of FromSoftware’s most acclaimed titles, is reportedly working on the game.

Gematsu reports that the title will be officially announced at Microsoft’s E3 press conference later this year.

YouTube channel Spawn Wave reported in March about a rumour regarding a potential collaboration between Martin and FromSoftware, so this recent report gives even more validity to the speculation. However, without any official word, the news should be taken with a grain of salt.

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