The Outer Worlds is an upcoming sci-fi RPG being development by Obsidian Entertainment. After its official reveal earlier this year, it was announced that the PC version of the game would be exclusively available via the Epic Games Store. As with most exclusivity deals related to the EGS, this decision angered fans. However, as it turns out, The Outer Worlds is not a true Epic exclusive, as the developers have revealed it will also be sold on the Windows 10 Store.
It wasn't our deal and the game isn't exclusive to EGS. You can also get it on the Windows 10 Store and Xbox Game Pass PC on day one. Though if you want to wait, we totally understand!
— The Outer Worlds (@OuterWorlds) October 2, 2019
Responding to a user complaining about the EGS deal, The Outer Worlds’ official Twitter account said:
“It wasn’t our deal and the game isn’t exclusive to EGS. You can also get it on the Windows 10 Store and Xbox Game Pass PC on day one.”
This isn’t the first time a developer has received flak as a result of an exclusivity deal with Epic. When Metro Exodus announced its partnership with Epic, developer 4A games revealed the extreme criticism they were receiving due to the move. However, the decision to go exclusive was made by publisher Deep Silver, and it seems that a similar situation is happening with The Outer Worlds.
In addition to the Epic Games Store, The Outer Worlds on PC will be available on the Windows 10 Store on launch. Subscribers of the Xbox Game Pass on PC will also gain access to the game on day one. This news will surely please many PC users who prefer to avoid the Epic Games Store. However, as per the terms of the exclusivity deal, the The Outer Worlds won’t release on alternative storefronts until 2020, including Steam.
As for the die hard Steam fans, however, the developers understand that some players would rather wait for the game to release on other stores. The Outer Worlds launches on October 25th 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC via Epic Games Store and Windows 10 Store.