Ys Net, a developer behind Shenmue III, a game that was announced as a Kickstarter campaign and got pledged $6,333,295, suddenly announced that the PC version of their title will be Epic Games Store exclusive.
And as reported by one of the backers, Ys Net won’t refund for those who got upset about their decision.
They stated that at the time they decided to remove review bombs, they defined it as “an event where players post a large number of reviews in a very compressed time frame, aimed at lowering the Review Score of a game.”, since there were no examples of one “positive review bombs”.
According to Valve, what happened to AC: Unity seems not to be a case of the review bomb as actual players increased alongside the reviews and most of the reviews looks like standard reviews of a new player, or a player that’s returning to a product they bought a while ago.
And about if it is off-topic or not, they said they’re not sure since context can change. Mentioning that if there’s a game that heavily focused on Christmas, they “suspect we’d see it have Review Score fluctuations around Christmas-time”.
Chinese site Techweb reported that “the Epic Games Store quietly unlocked” in China. And according to a local user, while credit card payment is not available, it supports 2 local payment methods — WeChat and AliPay –.
The Division 2 sold ten times more than its predecessor in Ubisoft Store as consumers chose to buy the game from the publisher’s own store — where the company don’t have to pay a singe cut — instead of the Epic Games Store.
Ubisoft revealed new Tom Clancy’s title, Ghost Recon Breakpoint. But yet again, it will skip Steam in favor of Epic Games Store.
Earlier this year, Ubisoft has mentioned that “additional select titles” would be exclusive to the Epic Games Store throughout 2019. And since, all of the three “major” release — The Division 2, Anno 1800, and Ghost Recon Breakpoint — has been announced to be Epic Games Store exclusive.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint will release on October 4 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
CEO of the Epic Games, Tim Sweeney, revealed his plan to become a Thanos of the PC gaming industry by “perfectly” balancing revenue share, cutting it more than a half.
Tim Sweeney said on Twitter that if Steam follows their 88/12 revenue share model, they will “retreat from exclusives and consider putting our own games on Steam” and it would be “a glorious moment in the history of PC gaming.
After Ubisoft funded €500,000 and gave Assassin’s Creed Unity away for free according to what happened to Notre Damn, the game received hundreds of positive reviews, which was enough to change it’s “Mixed” rating to “Very Positive”.
Review bombing is review bombing, recent positive reviews in Assassin’s Creed Unity is off-topic and has nothing to do with the game it self. Therefore, it is not any different to Borderlands 2 reviews and Steam should remove it to make their system consistent and neutral. If they doesn’t, it is not any different from biased censorship.