The Deal Behind Mortal Shell’s Epic Store Exclusivity

Will Not Affect PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X Release

Like many of the new PC games coming out recently, Cold Symmetry’s Mortal Shell was confirmed to be an Epic Store exclusive during the PC Game Show. Of course, any sort of exclusivity is not a consumer-friendly choice, and many players are upset over the exclusivity. To address those concerns, Cold Symmetry has released a statement on their official discord channel.

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Read the statement by Andrew, Anton, Dmitry and Vitaly from Cold Symmetry below:

“Hello everyone,

Many of you have heard the announcement that Cold Symmetry, together with the game’s publisher Playstack, have decided to release Mortal Shell on the Epic Games Store as a PC timed-exclusive.

While this will not affect the releases on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, we understand that for those of you fellow PC users who prefer to keep their game library on Steam and are excited about Mortal Shell, this news can be disappointing. We would like to provide a bit of context to how this decision came to be. We’re not expecting a sudden shift towards solidarity regarding this decision, but considering the amazing support from all of you since the game was announced, we at the very least OWE you an honest explanation. In short, we’re a tiny studio and, for our publisher, we were a risky investment considering we’re a new and unproven team that hasn’t shipped a title before. This project, and our ambition to make a premium indie game that we personally would enjoy playing, has been a huge undertaking for us. The intense pressure of expectations we put on ourselves, and the limited resources we have at our disposal, has put an incredible demand on all our time and creative energy. While the game was initially set to be smaller and less polished than it is now, we kept pushing and raising the bar, believing that a small but dedicated team can create something compelling in a genre that demands famously high standards.

So yeah… ironically this project was “the Dark Souls of game development” for us. The reason we’re telling you this is not for pity, but to give you some real-life context about the headspace we were in when Epic Games first showed an interest. When Epic approached us, the game was at its most critical stage in development, where additional financial support was something that would meaningfully improve the quality of the Mortal Shell experience. Was this an easy choice? No. But given the circumstances, we felt it was the right thing to do for the game. We know that, ultimately, the high emotions about the Epic Games Store come only because you care about this project. That passion you have has always fuelled us, and regardless of your platform preference, we’re grateful that you’re a part of our community, and we can’t wait for you to get your hands on Mortal Shell.”

Yes, it does suck that we will have to get the game or Epic or simple have to wait a little longer to get it on Steam, but I think they made the right choice here. Also, in the end, if we get a better game thanks to that financial support, don’t we all win?

Source: sp1st