Epic posted a video today announcing that eight indie games are coming to the Epic Games Store, including beloved mobile games Alto’s Adventure and Alto’s Odyssey as The Alto Collection, which we love for their beautiful art style and polished snowboarding gameplay. It’ll be the first time the second Alto game is available on PC.
Ooblets, a Pokémon / Harvest Moon / Animal Crossing-inspired game
Wattam, the next game from the maker of Katamari Damacy
Manifold Garden, an exploration puzzle game
No Straight Roads, a music-inspired action game
Eternal Cylinder, a survival game on an alien planet
Airborne Kingdom, a game in which you build an airship to explore a desert
Superliminal, a puzzle game where you manipulate objects based on your perspective
You might remember that Ooblets, Wattam, Manifold Garden, and Airborne Kingdom were originally announced for Steam, but it appears they’ve jumped ship. Epic, buoyed by the massive success of Fortnite, offers developers a generous 88 percent of the revenue from the sales of their games and lots of money specifically for staying exclusive to the Epic Games Store as ways to attract gamers away from top dog Steam.
We do know that one game will make its way back to Steam: Manifold Garden developer William Chyr tweeted that the game will be a 12-month Epic Games Store exclusive.
We have some news. Manifold Garden will be coming to Epic Game Store later this year as 12-month timed exclusive for Windows PC. Here’s the store page: https://t.co/JMstMj73Ih Let me know if you have any questions. More info below: pic.twitter.com/1YAYa8HNqd— William Chyr (@WilliamChyr) August 29, 2019
Epic says it may stop paying for exclusives eventually, but today’s news seems to indicate that it won’t be stopping the practice in the near term.
Correction, 6:23 PM ET: It does seem to be the first time that the sequel Alto’s Odyssey is available on PC, but the original game arrived on the Windows Store in 2016.