Vblank Entertainment Bringing Shakedown: Hawaii to Epic Games Store First

Published: March 5, 2019 4:10 PM /



The Epic Games Store grabs another timed-exclusive with the upcoming title Shakedown: Hawaii from Vblank Entertainment. It joins other titles like Metro Exodus and Super Meat Boy Forever as a timed PC exclusive on this digital storefront.

Shakedown: Hawaii comes from the creators of 2012's Retro City Rampage, which released on Steam and GOG as well as consoles. Though the specifics aren't yet available, the game's newest trailer shows that it will be coming to the Epic Games Store first, as the Steam logo is not present.


This is only for PC though. Shakedown: Hawaii is still launching sometime this year on the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS, PS4, and PS Vita too.

Shakedown: Hawaii is a top-down, pixelated action and business tycoon game. You're tasked with expanding your corporation by any means necessary, which usually means raising Hell. You can "sabotage competitors" and smash up stores for protection money. It's a dirty business.

Shakedown: Hawaii is an open-world title with different means of transportation such as via car and boat. It looks a lot like an old Grand Theft Auto title, so if you were a fan of Grand Theft Auto 2 or even Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, this might scratch your itch.

This title is launching later this year. For now though, if you were looking to pick it up on PC it will be on the Epic Games Store for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, you can always pick up Retro City Rampage DX on Steam while you wait.

Quick Take

I can't help but feel like that when you advertise a game for so long on Steam like Vblank did, or what THQ Nordic did with Metro Exodus, and end up going to the Epic Games store, you'll stir up trouble. One big key difference is that as opposed to Metro, you could not pre-order Shakedown: Hawaii and they announced this months before the release, not weeks. Still,  I don't know what the repercussions of Metro's "exodus" to the Epic Games Store did, but the feedback from consumers show that they aren't necessarily happy with it. It definitely won't be as severe in this case, but it's something to consider.


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