In Defense of Satisfactory Being on the Epic Store
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In Defense of Satisfactory Being on the Epic Store

Mar 14 Masonzero  

If you’ve read any comments on the Satisfactory subreddit or on social media posts, you’ll know that Satisfactory being an Epic Store exclusive is controversial. Coffee Stain Studios has a one-year contract with Epic that guarantees the game will be an exclusive until then. Since that is locked in a legally binding document, no amount of begging or offering to buy it for more money on Steam will change this fact. In this post, we’re going to cover why Satisfactory being an Epic Store exclusive is, if not an outright good thing, at least no a completely bad thing.

Disclaimer: If you have a valid reason that you truly believe and stand by, for not getting Satisfactory from the Epic Store, then that’s fine. This is not an attack on anyone, but rather an argument against that viewpoint. If you have concerns, then by all means avoid the Epic Store.

Competition is Good

Haters of the Epic Games platform seem to be suggesting the game should be available on Steam too. Steam has become the default game platform for PC gamers everywhere, but having competition and options is healthy. One of the attractive things about the Epic Store is that they take only 12% of the revenue from a game sale, whereas Steam takes 30%. Why would a game develop not want a better cut?

The increasing number of Epic Store exclusives may even give Steam the kick in the butt it needs to work harder. Some argue that Steam has been resting on its laurels for too long, and all of these exclusives may be the wake-up call the company needs.

Disclaimer: Exclusives suck for the consumer in the short term. But in the long term, things like this may force other platforms to improve and add updates, so that game developers aren’t convinced to go this route.

What’s One More Launcher?

No one has complained about Apex Legends only being available on Origin, or about Fortnite only being able to launch through the Epic Games launcher. Come to think of it, a lot of really popular games are exclusive to just one store! And don’t even get me started on console exclusives! (Downloading a free launcher is easy, dropping $400 on a PS4 just to play Spiderman is a bit harder.)

Me personally, I have Steam, Origin, Uplay, Epic Games, Battle.net, GOG, Bethesda Launcher, Twitch, Arc, and stand-alone game launchers like League of Legends. I have so many launchers that I made a batch file to open them all at once so I can update my games in one go. What’s one more launcher, really? The modern PC gamer probably has several already and one more launcher isn’t going to bog down your hard drive.

Additionally, you can just uninstall the Epic Games launcher once you’ve downloaded Satisfactory. Satisfactory (and many other games on Epic!) is DRM-free and can be run independent of the launcher. Just start the program from the .exe file, not the default desktop shortcut, which does run through the Epic Games Launcher.

The Epic Games Launcher is Young

A lot of people arguing against using the Epic Games launcher and store say that the platform lacks a lot of functionality and features that Steam and other platform do offer. This is 100% accurate, but doesn’t make sense in context. Steam has had years to grow, learn, and add features. It was once in the same state that Epic was in, lacking the features we now take for granted. While Epic may not currently have achievements and cloud saves, those features may well be on their way.

Anyways, isn’t the most important part of a game store the ability to purchase and play the games you want to play? The Epic Store does that just as well as any other platform. If you really want to play Satisfactory, there’s no real reason to complain about functionality, when you still get to play the game. Remember when games came on disks and didn’t need the internet to install or play? We didn’t complain about achievements back then, and we don’t need to now.

China Doesn’t Care When You Log In

Tencent investing in Epic Games put a lot of people on edge, since many are afraid the company is giving information and data back to the Chinese government. That argument loses some water for a few reasons though. Firstly, Tencent has a minority share of Epic, so they are still not the primary decision makers. Also, the data that could be gathered from the Epic Games launcher is pretty minimal. The Chinese government does not care when you log in to Satisfactory!

Riot Games is wholly owned by Tencent and the company has also heavily invested in Reddit. China is definitely more interested with what is being posted on Reddit, than what you’re doing in Epic Games!

(Update: That being said, if you are hardcore about data privacy, this is a totally valid concern. Even if the data is only used in aggregate and for marketing purposes, that is non-negotiable for some people.)

If you are boycotting Satisfactory for the next year, we won’t blame you. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But if you want to play Satisfactory in 2019, you’ll want to swallow your pride and download Epic Games. Considering how fun this game is, you probably won’t regret it! Just don’t accidentally install Fortnite and spend all your money on skins, instead.

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About Masonzero

Mason has years of experience writing for blogs on a variety of topics. Now he is excited to highlight the awesome things you can do in Satisfactory. He hails from Portland, Oregon and loves gaming with his wife and petting their cat, Henry. He can be reached at [email protected]

5 comments

  • ChrisB
    Mar 16, 2019 @ 13:12 pm

    1) Competition is good, yes. But exclusivity is the antithesis of competition.
    2) What is one more Launcher? At the very least another piece of software that I have to find space on my HDD for, and if it is still young and expanding in scope, one I can’t say how much that space is going to be in a week or a year. At the worst, one more attack vector that could punch a hole into my system and leak data. And their implementation of a system that seems to be able to read a massive amount of data about my activities on a separate system (steam), doesn’t rally alleviate the questions about how much data Tencent could possibly grab from the Epic Stores users.
    3) The Epic Launcher is young and steam didn’t have many features back in the beginning, that is true. But back when steam started no one knew about the potential of these features. EPIC on the other hand had years to watch the market and still didn’t learn from the mistakes of their older siblings like Uplay or Origin.
    4) of course China or at least Tencent cares about any bit of data they could possibly get their hands on, even if it is just for marketing data and to analyze who they should try to throw more money at in the future.

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  • DuN3r
    Mar 17, 2019 @ 6:31 am

    1. i agree in 60% exlusivity isnt exactly competition, but in the long run (not looking at single games, but at library of them) this is a good thing, since epic will force steam to finnaly move their asses and do something with their stagnant rules/platform

    competition here isnt for players to choose where to buy, but for developers to choose where to get a better cut out of their games (and probably also making their product cheaper

    2. this argument is totaly BS/invalid
    space on HDD.. right now i have 5TB HDD and 1TB SDD, i cant see how 6mb app is a problem to find place for
    it might be bigger in the future? sure 1gb (probably less) of steam itself isnt a problem either if games can be the size of 60gb or more. And yet people keep spreading this “argument” as if epic’s store size would be 100gb.. or more
    Tencent getting data? what? how? “attack vector” something… because surely same cannot happen on steam, -.-
    argument invalid

    3. They are. This features are just not yet here. For example reviews are confirmed, altough they are not trustworthy at all but you still must make argument about it

    4. Tencent has no way to get that data as it was pointed out in the article
    and even if they had it, how is analyzing a market/learning what to throw their money at a bad thing?

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  • Joseph L Feldhaus
    Apr 30, 2019 @ 7:24 am

    For an early access game, it is nice having a forum and discussion section to troubleshoot and brainstorm with the community. Neither Epic, or the Satisfactory website has a forum or place for the community to talk.

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    • Masonzero
      Apr 30, 2019 @ 17:04 pm

      Good point. The Reddit is pretty active, which serves as a good place to discuss things, and where many people already hang out. But having a built-in place like Steam has would be a good feature for Epic to add.

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  • Rebmes
    May 6, 2019 @ 22:08 pm

    To be honest, I’m okay with waiting a year before purchasing rather than downloading another launcher, and I don’t feel the need to go into my reasons – it’s all been said before. What I am sad about is the initial revenue that the Dev’s are likely missing out on, for launching an indie game on a platform used only by pop gamers who likely won’t be interested in Satisfactory. TBH I suspect Epic Games launcher may have a hard time once Fortnite isn’t THE popular game anymore – in fact, that’s happening as we speak, isn’t it?

    It’s a good thing fans of this type of game will seek it out, and exposure isn’t that important – but many of us aren’t going to jump through the hoop of “just one more launcher.”

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