Epic pulls another Steam-delivered title
The company proves that it wasn’t serious about non-exclusivity
Epic Games recently came under fire for saying that it wouldn’t force exclusivity deals on developers, only to turn around and announce that it could continue the practice. It is now showing that it never meant to hold up its word and rumor has it that Anno 1800 will be discontinued on Steam soon.
According to a notice posted on Anno 1800’s Steam page, “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. 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.”
While the notice doesn’t specifically mention Epic as the “PC store,” it is a logical conclusion, given Epic’s movements over the past several months. Since last year, several titles have been pulled from Steam just before being released and have gone to Epic, instead. Among these are The Division 2, Borderlands 3, Metro Exodus and others.
When The Division 2 was announced by Ubisoft as an Epic exclusive, Epic indicated that its relationship with Ubisoft would see “additional select titles” coming to Epic. Anno 1800 fits the criteria and everyone will know for certain when the game launches on April 16. If it happens, the gaming community will most likely review bomb the game just like they did with versions of Metro and Borderlands in a form of protest against Epic’s decision.