Updated December 7, 201
Updated December 8, 2018: Aurora44 sent a blog post to indicate that Ashen actually comes to Windows 10 Microsoft Store and "Other Platforms" (probably Steam) in the future, with Annapurna confirming that It also comes to Xbox Play Anywhere. It looks like it's currently, it will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store for PC.
Let's begin with the availability of Windows 10 in the Microsoft Store. The Xbox One launch of Ashen could not be a better success story, in our opinion, and Microsoft has been incredibly supportive through the development of Ashen. We are currently working with our Microsoft partners and the ID @ Xbox team to bring Ashen to Microsoft Store on Windows 10 as soon as possible. We wholeheartedly agree that this would be better available the first day. We are a small studio that has only sent a very big game, but has worked actively to get it there. Make sure it's coming.
Epic Games used pretty much on commercials during the night's game prices, with more professional exclusives for its digital distribution platform for fresh PC. One stuck a little more than the others, but.
Ashen, wished to come to both Microsoft Store and Steam, released on Xbox last night out of the blue. The asynchronous co-op-world-wide RPG sports a ghostly art style with great pictures and close action struggles, and should be a major addition to the Xbox Play Anywhere offer. However, it appears that Epic Games & # 39; push in PC games have not only nuked Ashen's availability on Steam, as well as the availability of the Microsoft Store, and thus Xbox Play Anywhere.
Ashen has been announced as an Xbox Play Anywhere title for literal years at this point, so the omission is quite surprising. Xbox Play Anywhere lets players play and sync their progress on both Xbox One and Windows 10 with a single purchase and has the added benefit of supporting PC games in Xbox Game Pass. As written, Ashen is not listed as Xbox Play Anywhere on its Microsoft Store page, even though it is listed on the Xbox Play Anywhere website. In addition, it is now listed with a "TBD" start date on Steam.
Ashen is still listed on the Xbox Play Anywhere website.
It may simply be a time-limited exclusive deal with Epic Games that stops the launch on Steam and Microsoft Store, but the terms of the deal are unknown at the moment. We reached Aurora44 for clarification but have not heard yet.
Epic Games offers developers a highly lucrative 88 percent share of game revenue offered through the platform, which strikes Steam and Microsoft with a significant margin. The competition Epic Games are bringing should illuminate a fire under their peers to offer better terms for developers. However, the aggressive pursuit of exclusive rights appears as if it already causes harm to Xbox Play Anywhere, which is one of the most consumer-friendly cross-offers out there, as well as Steam, where the vast majority of PC players today live. It will be interesting to see how Valve and Microsoft react in the future.
Ashen is available now for $ 40 on Xbox One and the Epic Games Store for PC.