Our partners at @EpicGames have announced that #TheOuterWorlds will be coming to the Epic Games Store at launch, alongside the Windows Store. It will be released on other digital platforms 12 months later.— The Outer Worlds (@OuterWorlds) March 20, 2019
The Outer Worlds will still release on XBOX and PS4 on launch.
It is deeply funny that a game about choosing between two shitty mega-corps now has you pick from two shitty launchers. Earlier this year I thought "Well even though Microsoft bought them at least they'll have their last hurrah with Outer Worlds" but nope. I know many people will look at this and go "Yay steam bad, competition good" but for the consumer this isn't competition. Epic and Windows aren't offering a cheaper or better version. They're saying if you want it you have to come to them. If not you can have it reheated in the microwave a year from now. Obsidian is a company I usually support without thinking but I strongly dislike being forced to use services that have no value to me. I don't want to be part of Epics powerpoint presentation about how many new users they got because those users didn't have any options.
Lucky for console players not to have to put up with this shit.