Fortnite-maker opens PC games store to challenge Steam

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Subnautica is out December 14 and will be free for two weeks after launch, while Super Meat Boy is dropping on December 28 and will also be free for a fortnight.

He said Epic's process for adding games to the service would focus on the "technical side of things and general quality". Super Meat Boy, the brutally hard platformer, is up next from December 28th - January 10th. It remains to be seen how good the free games offered are in the future, but Subnautica and Super Meat Boy are decent enough to start. Definitely get on that even if you just install it and have no other plans for the Epic Store.

To be clear, these are games you'd normally have to pay for that Epic is giving away free. That's regardless of how much their game sells, or how big the studio is.

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But while that revenue split might draw more game creators to the store, right now it's extremely small and simplistic. At the moment the offerings are sparse, ranging from indie fare like Supergiant Games' Hades to Epic Games' own titles like Unreal Tournament (for which its halted development in favour of focusing on Fortnite) and Shadow Complex.

While this selection is sure to grow, it's clear Epic Games store isn't going to be anything like Steam in the near future. Journey, the highly acclaimed PlayStation exclusive, is also due to release for the first time on PC via the Epic Games Store, though we don't know yet when that will be. That's not all, however, as that announcement very quickly became a release, as it was revealed that Hades is already available to play in Early Access.

How Epic manages developer expectations will be a point of concern. For now though, it's frankly a nice break from the cacophony of distractions and attention grabbers everywhere else on my computer and the internet.

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