Outer Wilds Finally Launches on May 30, Though It’s an Epic Games Store Exclusive on PC
Mobius Digital and Annapurna Interactive have confirmed that on May 30, Outer Wilds will finally hit both Xbox One and PC via the Epic Games Store.
Mobius Digital’s sci-fi game Outer Wilds, not to be confused with Obsidian Entertainment’s The Outer Worlds, finally received a release date over three years and nine months after its Fig crowdfunding campaign ended. The game is poised to hit Xbox One as well as PC via the Epic Games Store on May 30, as revealed by the launch trailer you can watch below:
With its unique gameplay loop that tasks players with exploring the galaxy before a supernova destroys it in 20 minutes, Outer Wilds is certainly a title that stands out with the ever crowded sci-fi genre. I tried the game out for myself last E3 and found it quite charming, as have other DualShockers staff who played the game at various events. While it’s great that Outer Wilds will finally be able to show off its quirky charm to players on May 30, many of its backers are feeling jilted due to the Outer Wilds Epic Games Store exclusivity on PC.
Normally, I don’t find Epic Games Store exclusivity that problematic, especially if the game is not available to pre-order on another platform before that exclusivity deal is struck. That being said, when crowdfunding is involved those lines get much more blurry. When Mobius Digital confirmed their Epic Games Store exclusivity on May 10, the backlash was fairly immediate from those who backed the game due to the promise of it being on their preferred storefront. That being said, the developers are promising “to bring the game to your preferred platform as quickly as possible” suggesting the exclusivity time may not be a full year.
Just like Phoenix Point, this Outer Wilds situation brings into question the morality of a crowdfunded game declaring store exclusivity years after being crowdfunded for different platforms or storefronts. Still, those who don’t mind the Epic Games Store or are fine with getting it for Xbox One have a lot to look forward to on May 30.