World War Z Will Be An Epic Games Store Exclusive, Developer Explains Why That’s Beneficial To Gamers
Earlier this month, developer Saber Interactive announced that its upcoming zombie title World War Z will be releasing on April 16th of this year. The four-player zombie shooter is set to fill in the co-op survival horror void left by Left 4 Dead, a series the developer has admittedly cited as part of their inspiration for the game. Now that the news has broken out that World War Z will be an Epic Games Store exclusive on PC, the developer has released a statement explaining why the move is actually beneficial to its player base.
The statement comes by way of an open letter Saber Interactive CEO Matthew Karch penned that released on the Epic Games website. “First of all, building games is costly, and so to receive 88% instead of 70% means we can invest more into making World War Z,” the letter begins.
Second, we’re passing along much of the savings to you as gamers. The price of World War Z on the Epic Games store is being dropped to $34.99 starting now and continuing through our April 16 launch and beyond. Any players who have already pre-purchased the game for $39.99 will get the $5 refunded back to them. We are thrilled to be able to share the developer-friendly benefits of the Epic Games store with you all, and can’t wait for you to play our game.”
It is certainly understandable to see why Saber is joining the other developers that are jumping the Steam ship, especially given the hefty differential between profit percentages. Here’s hoping Steam will reconsider its policies and respond in kind, else the future of digital distribution platforms may just be the Epic Games Store.
World War Z launches for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on April 16, 2019.
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