Epic’s first timed exclusives hit Steam

The Epic Games Store launched one year ago this month, alongside three brand-new games – the first titles in the company’s controversial strategy of offering timed exclusives. If you’ve been holding out for any Epic exclusives to hit other platforms, this is a big week. Time is up for the first wave of timed exclusives.

Ashen, an indie Dark Souls-alike with a lovely style, launched on Steam and GOG today. Both versions are available at a 20% launch discount, which brings the price down to $31.99 / £24.79 / €27.19 – though there’s no such discount on the Epic version right now. The game’s first (and only) DLC, Nightstorm Isle, is also available on both platforms after its original launch on Epic in September.

On December 10, Hades – a mythology-themed roguelike brawler from the makers of Bastion, Transistor, and Pyre – will hit Steam. The game’s gotten some substantial updates since its early launch on Epic, but will still be marked as an Early Access title, and the full launch is scheduled for the “second half of 2020.” No word yet on price or discounts, but Hades is currently $24.99 USD on Epic.