Over the last few weeks, Epic Games has been amassing a small library of upcoming titles that will become exclusive digital partners for its new PC store. Games like Metro Exodus and The Division 2 have partnered up with the Epic Games Store and in turn, will be skipping out on a Steam release for PC. However, at least one upcoming release will not be signing any such deal: Cyberpunk 2077.
Responding to a fan on Twitter, the official Cyberpunk 2077 account made it abundantly clear that it will not be an Epic Games Store exclusive. The fan asked politely that the game not join the likes of Metro and choose Epic over Steam, to which the account replied, “Yeaaaaaaaah…Pass on that.”
Yeaaaaaaaaah…. Pass on that.
— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) February 8, 2019
It’s a tongue in cheek response but one that should please Cyberpunk 2077 fans hoping to play the game on PC. Last we had heard, Cyberpunk was still targeting a Steam release, but so was Metro until a few weeks ago.
While Epic Games’ digital store does have its advantages, like better revenue share for developers and some lower price points, many don’t like the idea of moving away from steam for yet another digital storefront. There are also concerns about the fact that the Epic Games Store doesn’t have a reviews feature (yet) where players can warn others about the quality of a release.
CD Projekt Red likely saw the strong reaction against Epic Game Store exclusivity, and the review bombing of Metro games on Steam, and decided to steer clear of that controversy. The developer also has a great relationship with the PC gaming community and wouldn’t want to upset them right now.
At the same time, Cyberpunk 2077 is still presumably far off from release, so things could change with the Epic Store and at developer CD Projekt Red that turns this no into a yes. Because CD Projekt Red publishes its own games, it retains final say on release plans across the board.
That being said, CD Projekt Red owns Good Old Games, a digital distribution platform known for selling many of the popular releases of today as well as tons of classic titles, all without DRM. So, it’s hard to imagine that Cyberpunk 2077 wouldn’t be available on GOG.com. But that doesn’t mean the game couldn’t eventually decided to skip Steam in favor of GOG and Epic. Unlikely, yes, but anything can happen.
Cyberpunk 2077 currently has no release date but is targeting PC, PS4, and Xbox One.