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.