The Epic Games store has announced two new additions during Gamescom – Magic: The Gathering Arena and Oddworld: Soulstorm are both due to hit PC via Epic’s launcher. MTG Arena is already available in open beta through its own launcher – and that will continue to be the case after the Epic launch.
Oddworld: Soulstorm, however, will be an Epic Games store exclusive, as part of a simultaneous release across consoles and PC in 2020. In a message posted to the official Twitter, Oddworld Inhabitants co-founder Lorne Lanning offers some explanation for the move, as fans “deserve to know.”
Lanning says “we’ve been financing Soulstorm 100% ourselves. Soulstorm is our most ambitious game ever and we are committed to creating a great game that meets the highest level of quality. But to create the version of Soulstorm we want, and you deserve, we needed additional financial assistance.”
He adds that Epic is providing an “advance on our PC sales,” which sounds a lot like the deal that was recently detailed by the developers of Oooblets.
Many Epic exclusivity agreements have been timed, but there’s no word yet on whether that will be the case with Oddworld: Soulstorm.