Over this year it has been an interesting turn of events. From last year and the beginning of this year we've been hearing nothing but PC games going Epic Store exclusive and the E3 PC Gaming Show being another platform of promotion for the Epic Store. Even Ubisoft one of the current gaming giants was pulling out of Steam completely which lead to the fear of every other major publisher following suit and making a more divided platform.
Then the after the announcement of Anno 1800 being the last Ubisoft game to ever get published on Steam things started changing. None of Bethesda's upcoming games are even on the Epic store despite going out of the way to make their own launcher to undercut Steam and are crawling back to it. Bandai Namco stated none of their games would be Epic exclusive. Bungie left Activision Blizzard and published Destiny 2 on Steam.
Microsoft caved in and started bringing all their games to Steam. Recently EA has done the same and are slowly bringing their games back over to Steam and are even allowing EA Access through it. With the way EA talked about their return to Steam it seems clear they made a deal with Valve as it is stated that EA Access is possibly going to be the only game subscription service on Steam. It also means that even though they get 100% of the money through game sales on Origin all the sales they lose out on Steam for EA isn't worth it and it seems not many people are buying 3rd party games on Origin either. Even though some publishers like 2K have made deals with Epic on exclusivity they haven't fully committed like with RDR2 not being a complete Epic Store exclusive as it can be bought through their own recently made launcher and the game is only exclusive for a month. Considering the issues RDR2 has right now waiting a month for the Steam version is not too bad.
Then of course Valve drops the bomb that they're releasing a Half Life game and even though it is VR only many people are excited and hyped enough to even consider buying a VR headset for the game. It has received mostly very good reception so far unlike other PC series that had new releases that weren't traditional PC games being universally hated such as Diablo Immortal and Command & Conquer Rivals. This isn't even including that Valve has 2 other AAA VR games in the works and are considering returning back to the Half Life series. It also means that the Source 2 engine is near completion so Valve can go back into making games more seriously again. L4D3's development was halted at one point because the Source 2 engine hadn't progressed enough and half of the team didn't want to switch to UE4. So that means L4D3 could possibly resume development again.
Meanwhile Epic is turning into what Valve was in the past 5-7 years where they're pulling out of regular game development because Fortnite makes them so much money. Epic have cancelled Paragon and further development of Unreal Tournament 4 and made all their devs that aren't working on the Unreal Engine work crunch time on Fortnite content.
So basically Epic threw around money for indie titles and a few AA and AAA games while major games and publishers returned to Steam with very little effort on Valve's part and are also returning back to the Half Life series. Epic Store is still struggling to implement cloud saves and got rid of their roadmap due to incompetence while Steam has already moved on to remote local multiplayer. Epic Store exclusivity doesn't seem to be working out well for some games and devs such as Piranha who claimed they did it for discoverability yet with their game being 3 weeks away from release Mechwarrior 5 barely has any attention around it despite Battletech which released last year and is turn based having way more attention around its release.
An indie dev of a game called Darq also exposed Epic who claims they're for the small guys by revealing that Epic only allows indie devs on their store if they go exclusive. Epic offered him an exclusive deal and he refused but was willing to put the game on their store but Epic refused because indie games that aren't exclusive are a waste of their precious "limited bandwidth". So unless you got a popular indie game your chances of publishing on their store are slim to none. Even Assault Android Cactus+ which is a very well received game was denied entry to the Epic store because it was already on Steam. Pretty hypocritical that they'll allow games like Cyberpunk 2077 onto their store despite not being exclusive and the devs even having their own competing store where 1/3rd of their preorders of the game are already.
What do you think?