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Crowdfunded game Outer Wilds is now an Epic Store timed exclusive

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In an update sent today to backers, the game Outer Wilds, crowdfunded on Fig, will apparently now be released first on Xbox and PC on Epic.

In a campaign update, the team said

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Outer Wilds will first be released on XBox One and on PC via the Epic Games Store, with additional platforms coming later.

 

As a part of the initial campaign, the plan was, which backers contributed with knowing, to release to Steam on PC, Mac, and Linux, alongside Xbox One, all at the same time. Now, support for Mac and Linux are "TBD", and the developers/publisher have not clarified if it will eventually come to Steam.

 

Personally, this is worse than the other exclusivity deals Epic has done, as this was done for a game that was crowdfunded, before they've delivered to their backers. This means that a lot of people likely contributed who play on Mac or Linux, or don't want to use the Epic Store, and are now being told that they might get to play at a later date, but if they want to get the game on launch, it has to be on Xbox or on the Epic Store on PC. At least with other games it was before people had invested money in the game, and if they had, it was pre-orders which could be cancelled.

 

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https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-05-12-outer-wilds-becomes-another-epic-games-store-pc-exclusive-and-some-backers-are-not-happy

https://www.fig.co/campaigns/outer-wilds/updates/912

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IIRC not the first crowd funded game they've done this to.

Money talks, and this unfortunately is an easy target for them. Kind of shady IMO, and another reason I won't use the Epic Game Store.

 

Though, tbh the game's already pretty far behind...so those people likely gave up on it already anyway. Why people crowd fund games is beyond me.

Has Star Citizen not taught anyone a lesson? 😂


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6 minutes ago, dizmo said:

Why people crowd fund games is beyond me.

Has Star Citizen not taught anyone a lesson? 😂

I thought Obsidian was bought and funded by MS now?

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13 minutes ago, JZStudios said:

I thought Obsidian was bought and funded by MS now?

What does Obsidian have to do with anything?

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14 minutes ago, JZStudios said:

I thought Obsidian was bought and funded by MS now?

*shrug* link said the game was crowd funded.


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16 minutes ago, JZStudios said:

I thought Obsidian was bought and funded by MS now?

1 minute ago, Derangel said:

What does Obsidian have to do with anything?

1 minute ago, dizmo said:

*shrug* link said the game was crowd funded.

Outer Wilds =/= Outer Worlds though both are exclusives I guess lmao


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1 minute ago, Derangel said:

What does Obsidian have to do with anything?

Oh. I thought it was the Obsidian game.Outer WORLDS.

Nevermind me then.

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1 minute ago, S w a t s o n said:

Outer Wilds =/= Outer Worlds though both are exclusives I guess lmao

Got it.

BTW, I can never not stare at that man light his beard for fire for at least 30 seconds.

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Wasn't this announced like a month ago? 


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Just now, JZStudios said:

Got it.

BTW, I can never not stare at that man light his beard for fire for at least 30 seconds.

mmmmmm yes, gaze deeply into the burning forest of follicles


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Just now, S w a t s o n said:

mmmmmm yes, gaze deeply into the burning forest of follicles

I just can't help but ponder what would lead a man to pop his teeth out and light his face on fire.

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2 minutes ago, Bouzoo said:

Wasn't this announced like a month ago? 

" Posted: 05/10/2019 "

 

You're thinking of Outer Worlds from Obisidian, not Outer Wilds from Mobius Digital.

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15 minutes ago, Derangel said:

" Posted: 05/10/2019 "

 

You're thinking of Outer Worlds from Obisidian, not Outer Wilds from Mobius Digital.

Actually to be fair this was at least rumoured or something a little while ago, specifically the crowdfunded outer WILDS.

 

Edit: Looks like it was part of the EGS launch trailer at minimum, I know I saw a news post with speculation but I can only find the recent ones now https://www.tomshardware.com/news/epic-games-store-current-upcoming-free-titles,38217.html


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53 minutes ago, dizmo said:

Has Star Citizen not taught anyone a lesson? 😂

Only if features keep on getting added while the game is still being made.

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This is a dick move altogether. Basically, the community backed the game to come on Steam, and that is why the game will even exist, just for publisher/devs to say no, we're coming to Steam. If it weren't for backers, the game would've been dead. By the majority reactions of people they wouldn't have pledged to the game if they knew they'd have to wait months due to exclusivity.

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It wasn't them who supported you. 

Even worse, it's not even coming to Linux and Mac due to exclusivity. They aren't even gonna give Steam keys to backers like Phoenix Point did. 

And this comment:

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Rest assured that we read all of your comments and our goal is to bring the game to your preferred platform as quickly as possible.

What a bunch of crap. It'll come when the exclusivity is over. They haven't read a single comment.

By the other majority of reactions, I don't think this publisher will be ever be able to fund a new game via crowdfunding. 

 

This is just not the first crowdfunded game that did this, I expect crowdfunding to drop a lot if this trend continues. Companies should guarantee or be obliged by a contract to fulfill all of their crowdfunding promises. 


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2 hours ago, Bouzoo said:

This is a dick move altogether. Basically, the community backed the game to come on Steam, and that is why the game will even exist, just for publisher/devs to say no, we're coming to Steam. If it weren't for backers, the game would've been dead. By the majority reactions of people they wouldn't have pledged to the game if they knew they'd have to wait months due to exclusivity.

It wasn't them who supported you. 

Even worse, it's not even coming to Linux and Mac due to exclusivity. They aren't even gonna give Steam keys to backers like Phoenix Point did. 

And this comment:

What a bunch of crap. It'll come when the exclusivity is over. They haven't read a single comment.

By the other majority of reactions, I don't think this publisher will be ever be able to fund a new game via crowdfunding. 

 

This is just not the first crowdfunded game that did this, I expect crowdfunding to drop a lot if this trend continues. Companies should guarantee or be obliged by a contract to fulfill all of their crowdfunding promises. 

I was gonna say wasn't what they pulled illegal? I'm fairly sure that's illegal under EU laws if not also American laws because that is straight up false advertising in my opinion.


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1 minute ago, AluminiumTech said:

I was gonna say wasn't what they pulled illegal? I'm fairly sure that's illegal under EU laws if not also American laws because that is straight up false advertising in my opinion.

this is not the first case, either someone doesn't feel like starting the whole law mass or it isn't. I do suspect it is due to same reasons that you mention but honestly I am not sure. 


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Its still on PC, the launcher doesn't matter much, and considering it is a timed exclusive, it will still be on steam.

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4 minutes ago, AluminiumTech said:

I was gonna say wasn't what they pulled illegal? I'm fairly sure that's illegal under EU laws if not also American laws because that is straight up false advertising in my opinion.

Its not false advertising if what they were advertising was true at the time it was being advertised. Its a dick move, but it does not appear to be illegal.

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9 minutes ago, AluminiumTech said:

I was gonna say wasn't what they pulled illegal? I'm fairly sure that's illegal under EU laws if not also American laws because that is straight up false advertising in my opinion.

Your opinion doesn't really matter to a corporation let alone a court.  You need evidence and facts for it to matter in court, and secondly they can pay the court off because they have more money than you.


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Really sad how Linux players now have to miss out on a native version. Because the Epic Store does not support Linux and the Dev is not allowed to work with a Store which does in order to reach that market.

 

It's a good example of how toxic it is for the industry when devs start signing away their freedoms in exclusivity contracts.

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