The developers of Ooblets, the charming upcoming game that mixes Animal Crossing, Harvest Moon and a dash of Pokemon, just announced that the game will be an Epic Games Store exclusive and in preparation for the upcoming backlash, explained the thought process while poking fun at some who will take it far too seriously.
Developer Glumberland is a two-person team, and the post is a mixture of personal, tongue-in-cheek and pretty honest and it is probably going to incite a bunch of people who would have been mad about this news in the first place.
“This is exactly what Marx warned us about! Just imagine if other companies got it in their head to offer funding in exchange for exclusives. What’d be next? Game consoles paying for games to be exclusive on their consoles? Netflix paying for exclusive shows? Newspapers paying for exclusive articles? It’d be some sort of late capitalist dystopia,” Ben Wasser writes.
Apparently Epic offered the studio a minimum guarantee on sales that would match what we’d be wanting to earn if we were just selling Ooblets across all the stores.” As a result of this guarantee, the studio will be able to hire an additional programmer as well as delay the early access launch a bit to make sure they are happy with what gets released. “It takes some time to ramp things up and because we won’t have as much financial pressure to prematurely shove something we’re not happy with out the door.”
Wasser believes that Ooblet fans are not part of the “anti-Epic contingent”, talking about how Epic isn’t anti-consumer because it is free to download, unlike subscription-based platforms like HBO, Netflix and the like.
He also addressed how some people threaten to pirate games as some form of activism against Epic store announcements: “Feeling like you’re owed the product of other people’s work on your terms or else you’ll steal it is the epitome of that word ‘entitlement’ that people use to discuss immature, toxic gamers.”
The full post can be found over here.