If you don’t want to buy Phoenix Point on the Epic Store, you’re going to have to wait a year to get it on Steam and GOG.
The incredibly toxic and anti-consumer behavior of making one title exclusive to one digital distribtion platform is continuing. This time, the game that is the spiritual successor to X-COM, Phoenix Point, is going to be exlusive to the Epic Store for exactly one year. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the game, it’s very much like XCOM: Enemy Unknown as it is a turn-based game where you have to defend the planet from invading aliens.
What do you think, were the players filled with excitement when they watched this video that announced this move? No, all of them are pretty disappointed and angry, and it seems all of them are going to ask for a refund. Rightfully so, as this move wasn’t announced or even hinted at before, so it’s quite normal for fans to be caught offguard by such staggering news.
Of course the fans are mad, why wouldn’t they be? Any developer that supports this type of hostile anti-consumer politics should think twice about what they’re doing. It’s quite obvious that players aren’t too keen on being forced into one option by a multimillion dollar company like Epic Games that “cares for their customers” by letting them purchase games only from their own digital distribution platform.
Phoenix Point is a game that had a lot of loyal followers. Why wouldn’t it, it’s basically everything that made X-COM great and then more with engaging boss fights, terrifying mutating aliens, the entire world for you to save, and extensive soldier progression and customization.
What do you think, will this end up hurting the game more than helping it in the long run?