Every Epic Games Store exclusive game from E3 2019

E3 this year featured quite a few fantastic games coming to PC, but for many watching the PC Gamer show there were a few shadows hiding behind every Epic sponsored trailer.

The term Epic Exclusive has become notorious in the PC gaming community recently, and although the Epic Store on its own isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it does feel frustrating to see any kind of platform specific exclusive rear its ugly head in a modern gaming age

So, let’s take a look at all the games at E3 that were Epic store timed or complete exclusives.

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

One Year Exclusive

Epic: August 27, 2019

Steam: August 2020

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, the early primitive tribal game coming from Panache Digital Games is an Epic Store Exclusive with a one-year exclusivity contract.

So, you can be swinging from trees as early as August 27, 2019 on the Epic Store, but you’ll need to wait until at least August 2020 if you want to play it on Steam. Considering Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a single player experience; it’ll be interesting to see if Steam loyalty actively affects its initial launch numbers or if players holding out for the Steam release will lose interest by the time it hits their store shelves.

That said, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a great title for Epic to snag as an exclusive. Unique titles have a lot of natural draw to them in the gaming community, especially in a world where streamers and youtubers can generate a massive amount of interest in a title that might otherwise be forgotten.

Auto Chess

Epic Store Exclusive

Epic: 2019

Steam: N/A

The developers behind the original Dota Auto Chess mod are bringing their official tactical auto battler exclusively to the Epic Store. Auto battlers are really kicking off, and Auto Chess is a somewhat clunky but extremely addicting example of the craft.

Epic already has a history of riding gaming trends as they gain momentum, ala Fortnite, so it makes sense for them to try and corner a section of the Auto Battler market specifically for their platform just as the genre is gaining steam.  

To learn more about the different Auto Battlers on the market and what makes them unique read our breakdown here.

Borderlands 3

Six Month Exclusive

Epic: September 13, 2019

Steam: April 2020

Borderlands 3 is probably one of the more controversial Epic Store Exclusives on this list (short of Shenmue 3) because of its popularity as a multiplayer shooter compared to the relatively limited social functions on the Epic Store.

There’s no doubt that Borderlands 3 will be a tipping point for the Epic Store as a platform. Either Borderlands 3 will kick off explosively, drawing huge numbers and softening the community’s frustration with a new platform. Or it’ll flop around for six months until it releases on Steam and the fervor kicks off again. It’s both a gamble, and a safe bet for Gearbox because they have a noticeably shorter exclusivity window than most of the other games on this list.

For fans that want to play Borderlands 3 on any platform other than Epic, you’ll need to wait until the game launches in April 2020.

Chivalry 2

One Year Exclusive

Epic: Sometime in 2020

Steam: Sometime in 2021

Chivalry 2 is probably one of the most surprising titles to see on this list considering it first made it’s home on Steam back in the day, but apparently the devs over at blank wanted to separate themselves from the platform and Mordhau’s admittedly intimidating popularity on the platform recently.

We know that Chivalry 2 will launch sometime in 2020 and should have a one year exclusivity contract, which means we’re looking at a minimum of sometime in 2021 before Chivalry 2 is available elsewhere.

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint

Epic and Uplay Exclusive

Epic: October 4, 2019

Steam: N/A

Although Ghost Recon: Breakpoint is coming to Uplay on PC, Ubisoft mimicked their decision with The Division 2 and switched distribution outside of Uplay to the Epic Store rather than Steam.

All in all, it makes sense for Ubisoft because it pushes players either to Epic Store where they get a bigger cut than Steam, or to Uplay for the sole reason that it isn’t Epic. It might be disappointing for fans that played Ghost Recon: Wildlands on Steam, but the evolving world of the PC platform means that Tom Clancy is probably going to be Epic or Uplay exclusive for the foreseeable future.


One Year Exclusive

Epic: 2019

Steam: 2020

Maneater announced at the Epic-sponsored PC Gamer show this year that the Shark RPG of the future will be an Epic Store exclusive. Maneater might look a little wild, but it’s a smart grab for Epic because it lines up a solid relationship with Tripwire Interactive, the makers of Killing Floor 2. Which means the smart money is on Tripwire moving over other titles in the future if this deal works out well.

The Outer Worlds

One Year Exclusive

Epic: October 25, 2019

Steam: October 2020

Obsidian’s sci-fi RPG is rolling out on both the Epic Store and the Windows marketplace and won’t see the light of Steam for a 12-month period.  This RPG is arguably one of the most attractive games on the Epic Store for die hard fans of Obsidian storytelling.

That said, you’ll have to choose between the Epic Store and Microsoft one way or another, and there are upsides and downsides to both. On the one hand, the Epic Store is somehow still miles ahead of the Windows marketplace. On the other hand, picking it up from Microsoft nets you a matching digital version on Xbox One.

Zombie Army 4: Dead War

One Year Exclusive

Epic: 2020

Steam: 2021

Zombie Army 4: Dead War is rolling out on the Epic Store sometime in 2020, and on Steam and other platforms sometime in 2021. Cooperative Nazi zombie slaying is always a good time, and Epic has a good opportunity here to use Zombie Army 4: Dead War to encourage cooperative play on their platform.

Shenmue 3

Epic Store Exclusive

Epic: August 27, 2019

Steam: August 2020

Shenmue 3 kicked off a huge controversy at E3 this year when Deep Silver revealed that the crowdfunded title was going to roll out on the Epic Store for a full year before it finds itself available on Steam. Considering backers couldn’t choose a platform when Shenmue made its historic comeback many felt cheated when they learned that they might be forced to use the Epic Store to play the game, or otherwise wait a year before they get to play the game they supported.

Although refunds were discussed at one point, Deep Silver and Ys Net have since changed their stance to “What we can say, basically, is that in a year's time, it may be available on another platform, but it's going to be with Epic for a year," a Deep Silver PR rep explained to PC Gamer in an interview, "This is going to help with the development of Shenmue and ensure it's going to be the best Shenmue in over a decade."

As a result, don’t expect to see Shenmue 3 on Steam any time before the Epic contract is up, because the deal is already locked in tight. We might see backers get their hands on a Steam key eventually, but it probably won’t be until the ink is good and try on the deal with the Epic Store.

Untitled Goose Game

Epic Store Exclusive

Epic: 2019

Steam: 2020

For fans of geese, gendering, and general tomfoolery, the unbridled freedom of Untitled Goose Game is locked into a one year contract with the Epic Store. Currently Untitled Goose Game is set to release in late 2019, but that could change if the game is delayed once again, which means that it won’t glide onto other platforms until sometime in 2020.