Another win for the Epic team. Snapshot Games has announced that its crowdfunded upcoming spiritual successor to X-Com, Phoenix Point, will be timed exclusive to the Epic Store. After the exclusivity period of one year, the Phoenix Point will be sold through other third-party stores. All backers up to this point will also STILL receive a Steam or GOG key after the 1 year exclusivity period.
The developers have explained the reason for this decision. It’s as follows:
“Releasing a video game in today’s market is highly risky – our partnership with Epic Games greatly reduces this. After spending a lot of time considering all the possibilities, we came to an agreement with Epic Games to distribute Phoenix Point through their platform.
While we are unable to go into details on the specifics of our agreement with Epic Games, we really do believe that it is in the best interests of our studio, Phoenix Point and our future titles. It gives us the security not only to continue to support Phoenix Point long into the future but also to bring you other exciting titles once Phoenix Point is completed. In addition, it gives us the freedom to commit to more Phoenix Point content once the game has been released, which will be free for the first year to our backers up to this point.
The decision to distribute Phoenix Point through Epic was only made recently, and we were unable to say anything until the deal was completed. We know this news may come to a surprise to some of our backers, and it was important to us to share it with you all as soon as possible afterward so that we could explain it properly and listen to your feedback.”
Furthermore, everyone who has backed or pre-ordered Phoenix Point from the launch of its crowdfunding campaign until March 12th will receive all the paid DLC the team releases in its first year for free. Those who are not happy with the decision will be given a full refund too.