An Ooblets Epic Games Store exclusivity deal has been announced by Glumberland. While the game does not yet have a firm release date, it will eventually debut on the Epic Games Store as a timed exclusive.
If you're unfamiliar with this game, Ooblets is a title that's all about collecting adorable creatures and dancing. No, really. You'll start off in a run-down farm and gradually fix it up over time. Customize your character's clothes to match your personal style and then get out into the world to find some adorable creatures! Once you have some, you can engage in dance battles with wild Ooblets and fellow trainers in a weird sort of mash-up between Pokémon and Just Dance.
Glumberland had stepped away from their publisher Double Fine and cut out on their own back in June 2019.
A blog post on the game's official website details the Ooblets Epic Games Store exclusivity deal. It explains the situation in great detail, but one particular paragraph highlights their logic behind the decision. Essentially, they received a payment from Epic Games upfront and a guaranteed minimum number of sales, giving the developer a modicum of security in an increasingly competitive entertainment market. This will allow Glumberland to make the game that they want to make without worrying too much about the day-to-day expenses or how many copies they're going to sell.
Ideally, the extra funding is going to help speed up the development of the game a bit. However, it might not be as fast as we could hope for. As any employer can tell you (especially at a software company), it takes time to train an employee and familiarize them with the systems and procedures already in use. Still, the money gained from this deal will hopefully get the game out sooner rather than later but the team cautions a delay may happen.
You'll be able to get Ooblets on the Epic Games Store whenever the heck it launches; it will be available on Steam after an unnamed period of exclusivity (likely a year). In the meantime, you can learn more about this game by checking out its official website. You can also add it to your wishlist on Steam.
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