If you thought Epic was busy throwing money on indie and third party releases to get them to the Epic Game Store, you haven’t seen the full scope of their ambitions.
According to to a leaked document From the Epic V. Apple case, Epic is apparently trying to do this make massive offers to Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo for some of their first-party games on the Epic Games Store.
The document says the following about each company, although there is no date, so we don’t know how old that is.
Sony – Epic reportedly offered Sony $ 200 million for 4-6 titles on the Epic Games Store, but they were “waiting for feedback”.
Microsoft – You are in discussions with Microsoft about the idea, but the people running Game Pass are not for it. They find that Phil Spencer sometimes speaks to Gabe Newell from Steam.
Nintendo – You recognize this as a “moon shot” given the company’s history and haven’t even really tried to negotiate with Nintendo on that front.
Of all these is the just One possibility I could potentially see is a potential contract with Sony for first-party games on PC. Why?
Well, Epic is right, this idea is an absolute no-starter at Nintendo and they would no doubt be laughed at if they even suggested it. Not that Nintendo has any established PC presence, but there is simply no way to do it based on how it works.
While Microsoft is known as a big dealmaker, it doesn’t really make sense for them to develop a relationship with Epic-exclusive PC games as all of their releases would hit PC at the same time and Xbox Game Pass for PC would then have to be twisted its way in Epic Store that was going to get complicated. I just don’t see how this works with Microsoft’s PC ambitions as they are already present in space.
Sony … makes a little bit of sense. Sony has been reluctant to bring its games to PC like Microsoft, but they’ve started doing it more often lately, though usually years after they were released. Unlike Nintendo, they have expressed their willingness to bring first-party games to PC, and unlike Microsoft, they don’t have a really established platform for distributing these games on PC.
For example, Horizon Zero Dawn is available on both the Steam and Epic Game Stores. So why? would not Sony is considering Epic’s $ 200 million for EGS exclusivity on games likely to hit PC much later than their PlayStation counterparts? Then Epic can brag about being the exclusive PC home for God of War or The Last of Us Part 2 or whatever, and Sony gets a huge check that can probably fund another big blockbuster itself. So no, I wouldn’t be shocked to see this deal come off at some point.
In any case, just one more fascinating insight as a result of this case making this fascinating Insight # 874 so far as the leaks and revelations keep coming.