Epic Games' Steam-Rival Store for PC Games Now Live

‘Hades’ Is The Latest Isometric Action Game From Supergiant

‘Hades’ Is The Latest Isometric Action Game From Supergiant

Free stuff isn't a new thing on fledgling storefronts, as EA constantly gives away games on Origin.

"As a developer ourselves, we have always wanted a platform with great economics that connects us directly with our players", said Epic Games founder and CEO, Tim Sweeney in a prepared statement.

The Epic Games Store is now live. Subnautica, an underwater survival game, is now $24.99 on Steam, but Epic Games will give away free copies from December 14th - 27th. The biggest partnership has to be Hades from Supergiant Games, which is now in Early Access on the platform. If you're the sort of player who's open to and interested in experiencing a game like ours take shape over time, you'll be able to take part in its journey on the Epic Games store. By contrast, Valve asks for 30% of the money paid for games sold via its service. Only five additional games are available for purchase right now with more being listed as "coming soon". After that, it's Super Meat Boy from December 28th to January 10th.

The launch lineup of non-Epic games features the early access debut of Hades, a roguelikelike dungeon-crawler from Bastion and Pyre mob Supergiant Games, Ashen, an action-RPG about unknowingly roleplaying an NPC, and Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek, the prequel to 2017's first-person sneaker.

Of course, Epic Games' store has a long way to catch up with Steam's catalog. Epic Games have managed to wangle some other upcoming hot exclusives too, including PlayStation darling Journey and Coffee Stain's first-person factory-builder Satisfactory (which has scrapped its plans for a Steam release). Individual game listing pages are heavy on screenshots, and contain little more than a brief description, trailers, and hardware requirements.

The "much more generous offering" had sparked interest among independent developers, wrote Dustin Bailey on the PCGamesN website.

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