Former Obsidian writer Chris Avellone has now criticized the company’s decision of making The Outer Worlds exclusive to Epic Store for a year. He calls it the best way to kill the game’s hype and calls it nothing but a “cash grab” move by his ex-company and Epic both.
These words mean big as they come from a writer who has worked on games like Obsidian on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2, Fallout: New Vegas, Neverwinter Nights 2, Pillars of Eternity and many more. The limited exclusivity deal was made public by Epic during the recent GDC keynote speech. Because of this deal, Steam users will have to wait until 2020 to play the game on their beloved platform despite the game coming out this year.
Avellone shared his views about the controversial deal in a series of Tweets on Twitter. He first mentioned the inability of the Obsidian’s management team. “Obsidian management, you had ONE job,” said the creative writer. “I did not realize the impact until I read the initial Tweet then scrolled down – it’s how you kill the BEST hype you could have a game (possibly best hype for any of the studio’s game, ever), then undermine it for a cash grab,” he continued.
In the end, he blamed Epic for offering cash and Obsidian for accepting it. “It is not” fault “of Epic, who should you recriminate, who offers money or who accepts it? […] Thinking well, to the *****, very correct comments changed my opinion”.
It’s just not him who’s against this decision. The company’s announcement of this exclusivity deal was met by a negative response from all of the fans similar to every previous announcement of this type (yes we mean Metro Exodus).
He’s not blaming the hard work of his ex-colleagues as they probably did not even know about this deal until it was announced at GDC.
This trend of Epic stealing big exclusive games started with Metro Exodus. Some think it’s a bad move but the creator of Fortnite is doing a very good job for its own. Recently, Developer Rami Ismail said that Valve was simply “out-businessed” by Epic over the acquisition of Exodus. This looks like a similar move and Epic Games is not going to stop here as it promises to bring in more exclusive games in the future.
The Outer Worlds will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Epic Games Store this year but its Steam version will not come out until 2020.