Phoenix Point developer Snapshot Games has acquired criticism from prospects over its decision to release the game as an Epic Store exclusive for 12 months. Since the announcement earlier this week, a few of the game’s crowdfunding backers have been complaining in regards to the new storefront.
The entrance web page of the game’s subreddit is presently filled with complaints relating to both the monetary rewards hooked up to the transfer – mentioned to have netted Snapshot as a lot as $2 million (£1.5 million) – or the Epic Games Store itself. Many customers additionally state that they’ll be requesting refunds of the game, and others have mentioned withdrawing their crowdfunding assist.
Snapshot’s announcement video, which options artistic director Julian Gollop explaining the corporate’s resolution, has now been unlisted, however nonetheless boasts greater than 5,000 dislikes in comparison with simply 419 likes. The feedback under that video, which you’ll be able to take a look at for your self under, are additionally virtually universally unfavorable. Many issues appear to concentrate on the choice to change the phrases of the game’s crowdfunding marketing campaign.
Speaking to Eurogamer, Gollop mentioned that he wasn’t involved by points surrounding the Epic Games retailer, and that by the point Phoenix Point releases in September, “the Epic store will be more established, with more features.” He additionally means that he doesn’t anticipate the backlash to have a very drastic influence on the game’s gross sales, saying that “we don’t anticipate that more than five to six percent of our backers will actually request refunds in the long run.”
Gollop additionally issued an apology to followers, stating that “it was not our intention to scam anyone.” He says that free content material might be delivered all year long by the use of compensation, and that it’ll characteristic “three major DLC packs.” Backers will obtain each an Epic Games retailer key and a Steam key, as soon as accessible.
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The backlash that Phoenix Point is presently going through is just not drastically dissimilar to that suffered by 4A Games forward of the discharge of Metro Exodus. In the wake of that announcement, the game was review-bombed on Steam, and series author Dmitry Glukhovsky asked players not to “betray” the developers because of the choice. The game was finally well-received, and gross sales didn’t appear to have been significantly affected by the transfer.