The developers behind Super Meat Boy Forever have talked up why the game is a timed-exclusive to the Epic Games Store, for PC.
“They told me they want Super Meat Boy Forever on the Epic Games Store but it would be a year exclusive. At first, I was kind of like ‘oh…okay.’,” Tommy Refenes, Super Meat Boy Forever co-creator said in an interview with Destructoid at this year’s PAX West.
“Then they said they would guarantee our sales. Even then, I’m kind of like ‘I don’t even know what to ask for. So, run the numbers and tell me what you would offer.’ They did, and I was like ‘Yes!’ It was a total no-brainer,” he added. “After I got the numbers, the level of fear of not launching on Steam for PC was immediately alleviated.”
Refenes added a bit more to the conversation, noting their sales being guaranteed is a big deal.
“That’s huge. That’s huge for anyone in any industry to be like ‘when you get done with your work, you’re definitely going to make this much.’ I don’t know who wouldn’t take that deal,” he added.
In regards to Steam, Refenes said “I feel like people are going to buy games on PC because that’s what we’ve done. Steam is a way to buy games, but it’s not the only place that sells them and it’s not the only place that’s successful.”
Super Meat Boy Forever is planned for a release on Windows PC (via Steam, Epic Games Store), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.