By promising the game would allow players to play locations from Hitman 2, IOI can fix the problem by releasing the game on Steam. So that's my thoughts about IOI.
As far as Epic is concerned:
Re: "It's never Epic's intent to create a situation where someone who owns a game on Steam would have to buy it again on Epic Games Store."
This comes from the same company that contacted the Darq developer days after releasing the trailer announcing the Steam release and then telling the dev they wouldn't allow simship for his game even though they granted simship status to other publishers. This is the same company that got Deep Silver to yank Metro Exodus two weeks before launch, even though it had a lengthy preorder cycle. This is the same company that took crowdfunded titles that promised Steam keys (Phoenix Point and Shenmue 3). This is the same company that's advocating for fairness and yet takes away choice. This is the same company who's store still doesn't have a shopping cart or standard social features. No Epic, you don't get to take the high road here. You knew what you were doing. Wherever you go, chaos follows. Apple's pummeling you in court cannot come fast enough. Their case against Apple is weak, and they will suffer a financial black hole that even their Fortnite funds won't be able to help them get out of.This comment was edited on Jan 17, 2021, 17:01.
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