With the recent "Update 3", Coffee Stain Studio revealed that Satisfactory is coming to Steam, at an as yet unconfirmed date but presumably around mid March when the year of Epic exclusivity should be up. Satisfactory was one of the early Epic exclusive pickups, and one of the ones that had a Steam store page beforehand which then disappeared one day...
(Also, the meme of pipes is apparently over)
The Steam news post has maybe the cross section of comments you would expect:
- "Screw you, I'm not buying this now you've come crawling back"
- "I love this and I'll buy it again on Steam"
- "Thanks dumb Epic users for beta testing this game so I can enjoy it now"
I fall mainly in catagory 3, but less smarmy. I played the alpha a year ago on a burner Epic account and, in a surprising turn of willpower for me, actually deleted the whole thing afterward and just let it go. It always seemed like the assumption was that it would end up back on Steam eventually and certain non-committal (probably contractually so) comments by the devs suggested such too. Interestingly, the store page on Steam might not have actually ever been removed but maybe hidden... the game reappeared on my wishlist as soon as the store page went back up. Unless Steam is just that smart.
So how do we feel about games (not just this one even) now potentially coming out of the Epic contracts? Is taking that deal too much of a black mark on a dev, or is Epic the only one that should be the target of ire? Or do we just not care by now? I think personally if I overcame this temptation, I can probably continue to pretend to have morals and carry on not bothering with the Epic store.