I just wanted to give a different perspective on Snapshot announcing that PP will be an Epic Games exclusive.
Prior to backing PP I was a backer of the Chaos Reborn Kickstarter. Unlike PP, CR only just scraped its funding goal, but development went ahead, and those of us who were part of the community by and large loved being involved in the testing and development of the early builds of the game. Sadly whilst CR was developed and developed well for where it got to, it suffered from some ambitious goals and fell short of achieving everything that it set out to do. CR was released on steam without being feature complete, and I’ve always felt that it suffered as a result. While it still posted an 85% Metacritic score, it didn’t receive a great deal of publicity and it also got lost amongst the number of other games that were being released on steam at the same time (I still remember the release week and all round disappointment the distinct lack of prominence on the steam homepage).
Snapshot eventually completed all features, though I’d argue to no where near the extent that they or we as a community were originally hoping for. They then had to stop development in order to focus on PP.
Do I like the thought of exclusive releases on the Epic Games Store? Hell no, I vehemently hate the idea of exclusivity. But if it’s a choice between an EGS exclusive and PP being a 2nd Snapshot game that doesn’t live up to its ambition and promise I know which I’ll take. Seeing CR development be cut short was heart wrenching, this isn’t particularly pleasant news to hear, but from some of the reactions you’d think that they’d announce that they were murdering kittens. A switch in launcher is nothing in comparison to hearing that development of a game that you care about isn’t able to continue.
As for loss of trust in Snapshot’s next project, well the way I’m seeing things is that if anything they’ve learnt from what happened with CR, and gained a bit more business nous. I hope that PP does well, gets prominence and publicity from being on Epic and that we all end up with a great game to play that truly rivals the mess of the modern Xcoms. I don’t and won’t support Epic in any way, they won’t get a penny from me if I can help it. But at the end of the day game development is a business, Snapshot have got a product to produce, and they’ve got employees to think about. For me Snapshot have been more than ethical in offering free DLC or refunds to anyone who is unhappy with the switch to Epic. I’m unhappy with the switch to Epic, but I can’t complain at all about how or why Snapshot are switching, and I hope that in the future that they’d now be in a stronger position to develop PP2, CR2, or whatever else they choose to. (Rebelstar please).