Almost two years ago, X-COM creator Julian Gollop launched a Fig crowdfunding campaign for Phoenix Point, a spiritual successor to the turn-based strategy series that made him famous. Now, after nearly two years of development, the game is becoming an Epic Store exclusive for at least 12 months.
Announced on the official Phoenix Point website and YouTube channel, the game will be available exclusively on the Epic Store for twelve months, before coming to other storefronts.
According to Gollop, the deal will allow the game to be expanded over the course of several years following its release this summer.
Players who backed the game on Fig, or who have pre-ordered the game already, will receive all year one DLC for free. However, backers and pre-orders for other storefronts will not be honoured, and will be transferred to Epic Store codes instead. For any players unhappy with the switch in storefronts, the development team are offering full refunds. While some games like Metro Exodus have honoured Steam pre-orders after agreeing to Epic Store exclusivity, this is not the case for Phoenix Point:
We recognize that some of you may have backed or pre-ordered with an expectation of the platform you’d be able to play it on, and that this update changes that.
If for any reason you are not happy with this change, we will be happy to offer you a full refund and apologize for any inconvenience caused.
At some time later today, the development team is holding an AMA on Reddit to answer any questions players have about the move to the Epic Store. If you check the game's subreddit today, the audience response seems a little mixed, with some players concerned that refund request links have been hidden away, as well as discussions around the storefront's current missing features.
Phoenix Point is due to release in September 2019. Backers desiring a refund can request one here.