‘Close to the Sun’ Confirmed as Epic-Store-Only for PC Gamers
One of the most appealing aspects of PC gaming when compared to consoles is the lack of exclusive titles. While console gamers’ access to certain games is often limited by which platform they possess, PC gamers enjoy the freedom of their technology without this artificially imposed limitation. But certain developers are seeking to remove this freedom by forcing would-be buyers to adopt specific digital platforms in order to access their games.
In a press release today, Wired Productions announced that if you want to play Close to the Sun on PC, you’ll have to do so through the Epic Store, regardless of whether or not you want to use that software. Carlo Ivo Alimo Bianchi, the CEO & Founder of Storm in a Teacup said “To launch on the Epic games store feels like the perfect next step and we are delighted that our partnerships with both Wired Productions and Epic Games will help propel Close to the Sun to achieve our ambitions.”
This decision comes just one month after the blowback against Deep Silver’s decision to move Metro Exodus exclusively to the Epic Store resulted in a heated back-and-forth between gamers and developer that led to an official apology from Deep Silver.
Mainstream games media outlets and their readers predictably pissed on gamers that expressed dissent against the Epic Store, calling them toxic, among other things. But more honest writers have outlined the legitimacy of the anger against being forced into using this platform, saying “it is side stepping everything that a customer has enjoyed from their own preferred stores on PC.”
So while Mr. Bianchi may be brimming with delight with his decision at the moment, he may also be very surprised to find that delight unrequited from PC gamers in the coming months. Console gamers, of course, will remain unaffected by any of this; business for them will continue as usual. PC gamers, however, will have a choice to make: the forcible adoption of the Epic Store, simply not purchasing the game, or the nearly infinite workarounds that are accessible through the vastly superior technology of PC.