Ashen's publisher seems to have ditched its promise to launch on Xbox Play Anywhere and Steam for PC, opting instead for Epic Games.
I could have sworn phil, during the show, said ashen was available... but I could be wrong. It was never going to be “exclusive” though.
Available on Xbox maybe, but on PC the game is available exclusively through Epic Games Store despite being billed as a Play Anywhere game.
So are you saying that the game is not offered per play anywhere for Microsoft or that you do not know? And if epic games store is a service, what is wrong with holding onto their cards to sell their service? Exclusives are what sells and separates competing businesses no? Why would they not make their service viable? That is an issue of trying to lean on third party games.. they do not belong to others. Also, with epic giving the majority of sales to the developers, maybe any other service that wants the game has to match the same cut? I do not know what Microsoft’s play anywhere or steams cuts are.. but they are not the 88% that epic is offering developers. Perhaps that is the deciding factor.. of which is not a bad thing. As so many out there say, competition is a good thing.
The game is not available on Microsoft's store for PC. It still does not have a release date on Steam which shows it TBD. https://store.steampowered.... Of course this is a business move between the Ashen publisher and Epic. But the simple fact is that this game has been listed (and currently still is) as a Play Anywhere and Steam game for quite some time. It seems now, at launch, the availability of Ashen has changed solely to Epic and the publisher is just ignoring questions about its future availability on twitter and facebook. I'm not going to even try to guess what the business terms behind this are. It doesn't matter. Competition is a great thing. But this wreaks of shady last minute behind the scene business deals while leaving potential customers in the dark.
I hear ya. This reminds me of the titanfall and tomb raider debacle of the beginning of this gen. Quick shady deals are not the best option.. but said options are due to competition.
Don’t use those, I play it for free.
@Rude-ro "what is wrong with holding onto their cards to sell their service? Exclusives are what sells and separates competing businesses no?" Except we're not seeing two separate systems compete, but two different clients and right now Steam is undeniably the better. Forcing me to only be able to play a game through your client doesn't make it better unless your client has some sort of feature that can enhance the game (like Steam Workshop, community and market). Right now the only interesting thing for the EPIC game store is this free game every two weeks (considering there's no subscription that's amazing). But otherwise, it does nothing but splinter my library further. Going to give Ashen and Hades a play though since they look very fun.
Never an exclusive confirmed??
Update: Still coming to Windows 10. They are "working on" Play Anywhere. No idea what there is to work on. Either it is Play Anywhere (as promised) or they lied about it. https://twitter.com/A_i/sta...
And....the game is no longer listed as "Coming Soon" for Xbox Play Anywhere. Yep. They are liars. https://www.xbox.com/en-US/...
In my mind the devs. Microsoft doesn't determine whether the game is Play Anywhere or not. That is up to the dev and publisher. Annapurna said it would be Play Anywhere and if they renege then they lied and should be called out for it.
Disappointing, but you can't blame the dev too much for taking that Epic money. Sounds like it'll hit Play Anywhere later for those interested.
I dont think so. If I remember, I think Jez from Windows Central wrote an article a day or so ago saying that the Publisher said it was still going to happen
This article was written by Jez.
Ok but he or someone at Windows Central also wrote an article 1 day ago saying "Ashen Publisher confirms the game is still coming to XPA for PC and "other platforms" in the future" EDIT: Confirmed in a blog post by Aurora44 its coming to Win 10 and confirmed by Annapurna its still XPA
It has not been confirmed its still XPA. They said they are "working on it" with MS. Meanwhile, MS removed Ashen from its XPA page.
I remember Epic CEO attacking Microsoft over their store some years ago...yet he has no problem pulling this stunt and offering them money to keep it exclusive to his new formed store...this guy is a piece of work.
As a console player seeing it available on my Game Pass to play and having downloaded it already day one... I have no qualms with how Xbox One is being treated as the lead and PC Microsoft gamers getting their Play Anywhere availability at a later period.
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