Upcoming RPG Operencia: The Stolen Sun will now be exclusive to the Epic Games Store and Xbox One, developer Zen Studios announced today.
First announced back in December as part of the Kinda Funny Games Showcase, Operencia: the Stolen Sun is a first-person RPG reminiscent of many old-school dungeon crawlers. The game was initially slated to launch on Steam in 2019, with players already able to play the closed beta on Steam. Now it is heading exclusively to the Epic Games Store and Xbox One. In their blog post announcing the deal, Zen Studios wrote,
Everyone here at Zen was at the edge of our seats watching Operencia debut to the world at the Kinda Funny Games Showcase in December, and all of us were glad that the reception was very positive from the RPG community. Since then we have put even more work into the game, and did a Closed Beta event to make Operencia even better by incorporating ideas provided by the testers. This dedication to quality caught the eye of our friends at Microsoft and Epic, which quickly led to mutual cooperation that will help us elevate Operencia in a way we would not be able to by ourselves. We really believe the game deserves this, and this is a fantastic opportunity to share the vision of the team with a lot of players.
As part of this exclusivity deal, Operencia: the Stolen Sun will also be included in Xbox Game Pass, meaning subscribers will be able to download and play the game as part of their monthly subscription fee. Despite the addition of the Xbox One platform, the game is still expected for release in 2019.
Operencia: the Stolen Sun is the latest title to forsake Steam in favor of the Epic Games Store. Earlier this week, publisher Deep Silver announced that Metro Exodus will be an Epic Games Store exclusive just weeks before launch. Other titles include Supergiant Games’ Hades, and A44’s Ashen.
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