Steam Loses Another Game, Presumably To Epic

What game will be taken from Steam next?

136 Comments
Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
00:00:00
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Now Playing: Great New 2019 PC Games To Watch Out For - Steam Punks

Although it hasn't been confirmed, it looks like Anno 1800 is becoming an Epic Games Store exclusive. Originally scheduled for a Steam release, Anno 1800 will be discontinued on Steam after its release date of April 16.

We'll update this story when we confirm which PC game store Anno 1800 is going to.

"Sales of Anno 1800 will be discontinued on Steam after April 16th due to a publisher decision to make the game exclusive to another PC store," a notice on Anno 1800's Steam page reads. "The publisher has assured us that all prior sales of the game on Steam will be fulfilled on Steam, and Steam owners will be able to access the game and any future updates or DLC through Steam."

The notice doesn't list what other store is getting the exclusive, but given what's happened over the past few months, it makes sense to assume it's Epic. Since 2018, several titles have left Steam just prior to release and gone to Epic instead. Some games have even been pretty major triple-A titles too, such as Metro Exodus and The Division 2. Prior to Anno 1800, Borderlands 3 was the latest triple-A title to join the Epic Games Store as an exclusive, although it's only an exclusive for six months as opposed to other titles' year-long exclusivity.

Also, when Ubisoft announced The Division 2 would be an Epic exclusive, Epic revealed that its partnership with Ubisoft would continue with "additional select titles." No further details were supplied at the time, but Epic did tease that those titles are all scheduled for release "during the coming year." Anno 1800 fits that criteria, so it would make sense to see the game launch on Epic come April 16.

There's been a lot of vocal discontent for games that launch exclusively on Epic, especially if the titles were initially scheduled for release on Steam. After the announcement that Metro Exodus would be leaving Steam for Epic, both Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light were heavily review bombed by players disappointed in the decision. The same happened to Borderlands, Borderlands 2, and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel after the reveal that Borderlands 3 would be an Epic timed exclusive.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Join the conversation
There are 136 comments about this story
136 Comments  RefreshSorted By 
GameSpot has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to toxic conduct in comments. Any abusive, racist, sexist, threatening, bullying, vulgar, and otherwise objectionable behavior will result in moderation and/or account termination. Please keep your discussion civil.

Avatar image for anton_grandettv
Anton_GrandeTTV

question for steam: what is stopping you from changing your compensation model? beat epic at their own game if you really want to compete.

Avatar image for kiwi15499
kiwi15499

@anton_grandettv: Thing is, it isn't just about the compensation model. Epic is paying out a lot of their Fortnite money to game developers so they specifically won't put their games on Steam.

Avatar image for gunnyninja
GunnyNinja

@kiwi15499: That's called compensation.

Avatar image for R4gn4r0k
R4gn4r0k

*Plays Anno on Uplay and continues to ignore Epic games store

Avatar image for Decoy77
Decoy77

@R4gn4r0k: I'm thinking this is what 99% of the people will do. Even if you buy a Ubisoft game on steam you still used Uplay. Why not just buy it on Uplay in the first place? That's what I've been doing for awhile now.

Avatar image for Elranzer
Elranzer

Still won't buy anything from Tencent's malware store.

Avatar image for gunnyninja
GunnyNinja

@Elranzer: Me either, but I do enjoy the free stuff...

Avatar image for Yams1980
Yams1980

if you can't trust China, who can you trust?

Avatar image for joey2010
joey2010

Competition is good for us people.

Enough with the anger, ignorance, and stupidity.

Avatar image for Yams1980
Yams1980

Epic isn't helping the consumer though, they have removed peoples preferred choice by basically bribing companies to use them instead, and selling games at the exact same price but with no platform benefits that Steam offers.

Avatar image for Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@joey2010: Agreed, competition is good. Shame Epic's paying to prevent competition.

Avatar image for Elranzer
Elranzer

@joey2010: This isn't competition. This is Chinese millionaires trying to ruin Steam.

Avatar image for gunnyninja
GunnyNinja

@Elranzer: Unlike the American Billionaire has been doing?

Avatar image for Tekcor
Tekcor

@joey2010: This isn't competition. This is trying to force popularity of an inferior service. If Epic were competing on the merit of their service, I wouldn't complain. Offer a better service than Steam, and users will follow. Instead, they're saying "we know our service sucks, so we've paid off publishers so you have to use our service anyway."

Competition is good. We got a better refund policy in Steam partially because of Origin's policy. This isn't competition. The only thing Steam and Origin can learn from Epic right now is equally toxic behavior.

Avatar image for bdrtfm
BDRTFM

@Tekcor: Force popularity. You can't force something to be popular. Either it will work out and devs will use it or it will fail and devs will stop using it. People need to chill and wait and see what happens since they can't do anything about it anyway. And no, 600 people out of 2.2 billion gamers review bombing Borderlands is not going to change anything. The market will decide. Let it do it's thing. You cannot strong arm your way into the industry. If your service sucks, it will die and go away.

Avatar image for Tekcor
Tekcor

@bdrtfm: Epic store is only good for publishers. Steamworks has tons more features. Steam has more features and a larger audience. Steam is good for developers and users. Epic is good for publishers because they share some of that sweet Fortnite money.

No, review bombing won't help. Not purchasing won't help either. The only way to stop this is to stop Fortnite. Cut off their revenue stream so they can't park truckloads of money in front of the publisher. Force them to compete on merit instead.

Easier said than done to kill Fortnite though.

The fact of the matter is they're fucking up PC gaming. There could be dire consequences in the future as the reduced sales make the bean counters hesitate to launch on PC at all.

Avatar image for nsa_protocol44
NSA_Protocol44

@joey2010: *Healthy competition.

Avatar image for Ultimate_Noob
Ultimate_Noob

@joey2010: When competition comes in the form of problems ("why isn't this game being sold even though it's already out somewhere else") in order to sell a solution ("Oh, it's a timed exclusive in order to funnel sales") that leaves a bad taste in my mouth, in all forms of media and purchases.

I can't consciously dupe myself into that crap, like how GTA Online's money grind is deliberately designed to make shark cards seem appealing, or literally any convenience transaction in a game exists expressly for the purpose to sell a solution to a problem that was intentionally created.

I don't have anything inherently against EGS (that chinese shit is stupid and unsubstantiated), but until they let devs/publishers sell game keys outside that store in order to allow a broader choice of deals of where I buy my games (some of which won't make the consumer foot the transaction fee, wow!) then they're not offering competition that's in the interest of the consumer but for publishers.

Avatar image for metrosdawn
metrosdawn

Wouldn't it make more sense it will be on the Uplay store, rather than Epic as an exclusive? Or is it automatically on Uplay because it's Ubisoft? If that is the case wouldn't it not be an exclusive? Just seems Epic store exclusive would make less sense than Uplay. At least in my mind. Gamespot is starting more click bait and rumors.

Avatar image for chaoz-king
chaoz-king

@metrosdawn: No clue why this guy is saying Anno and The Division 2 are EGS exclusive because they both are on Uplay.

Avatar image for Elranzer
Elranzer

@metrosdawn: "Epic Store Exclusive" just means "not on Steam."

Ubisoft stuff still goes on uPlay and EA stuff still goes on Origin.

Avatar image for gunnyninja
GunnyNinja

@metrosdawn: It IS on Uplay. Someone just likes using the word exclusive incorrectly...

Avatar image for nintendians
nintendians

companies have to make money some how.

Avatar image for nsa_protocol44
NSA_Protocol44

I hope that Epic wins so they make Gaming a Hell for the idiots that are defending epic. It's like digging your own grave. Darwinism at its finest.

I am all for healthy competition and such. But know the difference of when a greedy evil company (Tencent) wants to take over the gaming industry or just wants to compete. Yeah, keep supporting them. WAW we humans are indeed a stupid race.

And this has nothing to do with Steam or games available on Steam. It is about idiots support an evil, greedy Company that makes me sad.

Avatar image for boblaurel
boblaurel

@nsa_protocol44: OOOOO an evil greedy company. Big man behind big desk force me to pay to play games I want for free. Don't want to pay the big man behind the desk start your own company and see how far you get not being greedy or better yet just give it all up and go play marbles (but wait some evil greedy company had to make them). How about you hit a tin can with a stick ( well no as some evil greedy company made the tin can). Maybe you can just hit yourself in the head with a hammer (no, again evil greedy company not giving hammers out for free). Hmmmm you have a real dilemma.

Avatar image for nsa_protocol44
NSA_Protocol44

@boblaurel: AHhahaha you must be one of those idiots I mentioned. The saying goes. Throw the seeds then the birds come flocking. Seems I caught an idiot bird LOL.

PS: if you have nothing to contribute then please leave.

Avatar image for boblaurel
boblaurel

@nsa_protocol44: I did contribute it just doesn't fall in line with your narrative. Everything you own is made by an evil greedy company. So you want some cheese with your whine? Which I'm sure are both made by some evil greedy company.

Avatar image for bdrtfm
BDRTFM

@nsa_protocol44: Evil, greedy company. You just described every single business ever created in the history of business. People who make and sell video games are not your friend, they are business people who just happen to be able to make money off of a talent they love doing. They will do whatever they can to increase profits. Epic has offered some Devs/Publishers a way to make more money, the sole purpose of their existence. And you are angry that they took them up on it. You understand that the way you are talking about Epic is exactly the same way people were talking about Steam when it first launched right? People called Steam evil. They said it would be the end of gaming. They said they would never be forced to use a program to launch a game they already own. Fast forward to today and those very same people now, apparently, can't live without Steam. So all the anger and the doom and gloom drama queen stuff falls on deaf ears because this happens with every single store or launcher that comes out. It's gotten tiresome and old. There are 2.2 billion people who play games. I bet not even one half of one percent of them care about this.

Avatar image for wtf_666
wtf_666

@bdrtfm: True dat.

Avatar image for nsa_protocol44
NSA_Protocol44

@bdrtfm: There are a lot of good companies too. GOG, CDPR which are the same are good companies. And there are a lot more of them.

European game devs are more focused (apart from Deep Silver/ Koch Media) on their user base and their wishes. But capitalism US devs want them Franklins and don't focus on Costumer intimacy. I have an MBA and I am told that everything begins with the wishes of the consumers and not vice versa. What I am seeing is, that in the US customer intimacy is none to zero. This explains your point of view about companies. But I still believe in good companies that are more consumer-focused, especially in Europe. I can go all day about business etc. But the point is there are good companies as there are evil and greedy ones. And Tencent is one evil bastard.

Avatar image for bdrtfm
BDRTFM

@nsa_protocol44: I've already commented on the pseudo-loyalty of "Good" companies. It's just another marketing ploy like so many others. Unless they are giving you the game for free, they're no different than any other company. I mean people went crazy happy happy joy joy because CDPR was giving out free skins that took nothing to create, heck they were probably throw aways when creating the end product and people ate it up while they spent money on DLC after DLC after DLC because CDPR=Friendly. I base my consumerism on two things, the quality of the product and the price. If it's a good product for a good price I will buy it. I don't care about the people who sell it or how evil/friendly they are. I'm not dating them, I'm buying a product from them. Some people who love certain movie franchises refuse to go see them anymore because Disney owns the rights. Are you kidding me? Stop worrying about the board of directors at Epic or whether or not they tell you how much they care about you. It's irrelevant as to the quality of the game and every company on Earth only cares about your wallet. Some people are just better at marketing than others. That doesn't mean the ones better at marketing care about you. They are just better at making you think they care about you. They don't. Steam was evil and garbage until it wasn't. The same can happen with Epic.

Avatar image for UltimateBastard
UltimateBastard

@bdrtfm: No CDPR were applauded because they gave out free content that most other companies would have sold as microtransactions or some shit like that. It's sad we have to applaud them for something that should be the norm but why would that not encourage me to buy their products. As for their dlc, again they were producing large content dlc that wasnt being released a month after the game. I.e its wasnt just stripped content from the main game. CDPR are consumer friendly, someone like EA love doing the opposite. So tell me again how these two companies are the same. Ofcourse consumers are going to be influenced by those that they feel have previously nickle and dimed them.

Avatar image for nsa_protocol44
NSA_Protocol44

@bdrtfm: I work for a huge company and have a good position, I see the day to day basis of how we treat our costumers. Of course, we do it for the money but we give all our attention to them so they keep coming back. So I know how these things work, don't need to lecture me on this. And by the way, you missed my point.

My point is, il give you an example of our company that I work for. We make PC chips for AMD INTEL etc. We are a leading force in this market and have a lot to say. We can do EVERYTHING and ANYTHING even make the life of our costumers hell by taking a bigger cut. BUT we don't. We want to have GOOD RELATIONSHIPS. We think LONG TERM.

If you put TENCENT in this context. We were GOOD, BUT they Arent. They will not have mercy on their costumers as WE DID. They will EXPLOIT EVERYTHING. And suck us dry by implementing anti-consumer practices into our games.

This comes from someone who is born and bred in the business world. I know who and what Tencent is.

Avatar image for wtf_666
wtf_666

@nsa_protocol44: *bred

Avatar image for nsa_protocol44
NSA_Protocol44

@wtf_666: Thanks for taking the time and reading my long comment.

Avatar image for bdrtfm
BDRTFM

@nsa_protocol44: I own a business. It's mainly a service business. THAT is where showing how much you care about the customer counts and is meaningful. Because you deal with them face to face and you are selling a service. Businesses that sell products don't have as much of an impact on customers by coming off as friendly. And since you never actually encounter anyone who works at the company who makes the product, all you have is a characterization of how you think they feel about you. It's marketing. That's all it is. I mean, when you go to a department store to buy school supplies for your kids or a grocery store to buy food, do you pick up a pad of paper and cogitate on the company that made it, decide they are nice, put it in the basket, pick up a pencil, cogitate on the company that made it, put it in the basket so on and so forth or do you just look at the price, check the quality and drop it in the basket and move on? Does it really matter? How good is the product? How much does it cost? That's all I need to know and care about. I hear people say Epic has bad customer service because they read or know someone who says so. I hear people say Epic is easily hacked because they read or know someone who said so. No actual first hand experience, just they know a guy who knows a guy whose cousins friends boyfriend told them. I mean, I heard one person say they can't be trusted because: large Chinese stockholder. And again, this happens with every single store front and launcher that comes out, including when Steam came out. The amount of bitching and woes with me when Steam came out was legendary. Now people can't seem to live without it. Why? Because the company grew and improved. Epic will likely do the same as they mature. If not, it will affect their sales and publishers will stop using them so it will auto-correct in the end. People need to stop worrying so much.

Avatar image for nsa_protocol44
NSA_Protocol44

@bdrtfm: AAA games or just games aren't as simple as putting it into the basket and end off. No, you have after service.

Games are services to an extent and need patches updates,s support etc. SO don't compare it to a toothbrush you by in Walmart. You have a business and can't even know the difference between a convenience good and a luxury good. convenience good doesn't need extra customer care apart from the transaction in the store. BUT, a luxury good has many other things attached to it. For example like AFTER SERVICE. Which can be translated to customer care.

Games are luxury goods and have after service (Updates, patches etc). So yeah you expect customer care and customer relations. So don't compare luxury goods to convenience goods like groceries, business 101 for dummies. Luxury goods (Rolex watch, Ferrari, games) need after service and convenience goods doesn't, because you buy them on a daily basis and on impulse.

I don't want to stray too far on this topic. Point is I care about my games and how I get treated. I am afraid that Epic might not cater to my needs and wishes, not because of their launcher being new but, because of their plans for the future and Tencent's involvement. END.

And all those things about Epic is a fact. The internet is FULL OF IT. With reliable sources.

Avatar image for bdrtfm
BDRTFM

@nsa_protocol44: All those things you speak of are incumbent upon the developer, not the seller. Surely you know that. As far as customer care goes, Sony customer care is bar none, the worst customer care you will ever experience. I'm a technician and when I call them about a problem or to do an RMA, I want to tear out what little hair I have left. PS4 is the number one selling console. Ergo, customer service isn't as important as you think it is, just for those who have a problem. And how many people have a problem with a video game that customer service can solve? It's either the game runs fine, the game is a broken mess and needs patches or the problem is with the user or their setup which is not the sellers problem to solve. Rarely is it a huge problem that cannot be fixed in a reasonable time and requires a refund. And, like I said, I don't believe something because the internet told me so. The internet has proof Umpa Loompa's exist as well....

I'm trying really, really hard to see why someone would be so upset and angry about this and just can't do it. I guess I'm more relaxed than some people. I have well over a hundred games on my PC from multiple stores and launchers. I have rarely had a problem. That includes Epic. IF I do, maybe that will change but I don't think I'll be finding some rope and a strong tree if I do.

Avatar image for anton_grandettv
Anton_GrandeTTV

@bdrtfm: i just spent 10 minutes creating an account just to say THANK YOU. i'm way less articulate but this has been my exact point. maybe it comes from "being out of the loop" for some 10 years or something but i remember steam coming and us all HATING it and then next thing i know it's the people's champion? no. i'm not about to hear that. they're just a company. they implemented the features everyone loves so much only to make more money. and they kept that money from the devs. that's why we're hear. if devs weren't mad about steam being greedy they wouldn't even be leaving. so thank you for putting everything so well worded.

we, as a society, need to relax.

Avatar image for nsa_protocol44
NSA_Protocol44

@bdrtfm: Personally I do care about being treated the way a customer must be treated. Good that you are easy going with these things but for me it's different. And as of now, like I mentioned before. Epic doesn't cater to my needs and wishes. And i don't like some business philosophies of Tencent. That's why I don't support them, simple.