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WHAT THE GOLF? was originally funded on Fig with a Steam release, however hidden behind a backer-only update on Fig they've announced it's going to Epic's store first. This is a reoccurring theme now, one I'm starting to grow tired of.

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While it's hidden, a backer sent over the text. It's below in full, as this should really be public anyway especially as they haven't even mentioned it on Steam:

We have some big news we want to share with you. WHAT THE GOLF? will golf on to the EPIC Games Store later this year.

You hold a special place in our hearts (and in the game’s credits). You were the first we showed our silly golf game to, and with your help, we went on this crazy journey. Thanks!

We are really looking forward to showing you the full game. It’s much bigger and better than we ever dreamed it would be. It’s also really silly and weird. You will love it!

So what’s that about Epic?

Yes! It’s coming to Epic Games Store first and that’s going to be great. Fortnite is currently the most popular golf game on Epic Games Store and we’re pretty sure we can beat that!

We get it if you’re not convinced by Epic Games Store. It’s lacking some features at the moment, but their team is hard at work and more stores is going to be great for both developers and players in the long run.

But Hey! What about Steam?

We know some of you prefer a Steam key so you will also get a key for a backer-exclusive pre-release on Steam that is going to be the full game.  (don’t tell Valve - no idea what they think about it)

The game will still officially launch on Steam next year! and that’s also going to be great!

Console?

Yes, the game will be coming to a console at some point and we’re looking forward to telling you which. If possible, we will give you keys, even though it wasn’t part of the Fig campaign.

Why are we doing this?

Some of us are old enough to remember when Steam was new and everyone hated it, but that’s not much of a reason, so let’s be honest. Doing this guarantees that the game makes enough money for us to start planning the next game. An even sillier and crazier game!

Don’t worry: For now, we’re 100% focusing on WHAT THE GOLF?

There were also comments on this, asking them about honouring non-Windows platforms, to which the developer replied "We will of course not remove any platforms that we've promised to release on.".

I don't blame developers for wanting more money, that's not the issue, money makes the world go-round and everyone has to eat and make ends meet. Crowdfunding campaigns also traditionally don't cover the real cost of game development, I know this all too well after speaking to hundreds of developers.

The issue for us, since we're a Linux website, is that Epic Games openly said they have no current plans for a Linux version of their Store. This means Linux gamers have to wait extra long, as do everyone who prefers Steam. It's good they will provide backers a Steam key, although the whole "don’t tell Valve" might backfire on them.

The Steam page is still up, although a few hours ago they changed the date on it to 2020.

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kuhpunkt 11 June 2019 at 9:49 am UTC
dpanter 11 June 2019 at 9:54 am UTC
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QuoteDon’t worry
...but we do worry.
timgarbos 11 June 2019 at 10:11 am UTC
Developer here. Totally get your concerns, but we are not trying to keep anything secret. Of course, we care about our backers and that's why we tell them the news before the general public. The news will be more public and is already publicly being discussed on our Discord.

Anyways, thanks for keeping up to date. I'll let you know once we have Linux news.
Vortex_Acherontic 11 June 2019 at 10:11 am UTC
I must admit, competition is not a bad thing for Steam, but how Epic act is far away from acceptable intentionally attacking another digital store by time exclusive deals in order to force every customer who don't want to wait half a year or a complete year for their title.

Also fragmenting the PC gaming landscape like it is the case on the console market is harmful to anybody.
Devs and publisher included. Yeah they might have a bedder visibility on the Epic Store, yeah they might get a lot of money for their time exclusive deals. But for how long? And for what price in the long run?

I wounder how long Epic could keep up this massive waste of Money I don't believe that Fortnite and the licenses of the UE4 will handle all this for long. I'm pretty concern that the Epic Store will rise and fall with Fortnite and the Unreal Engine.
And in the case the Epic Store will finally fall all the poor publisher are sitting on a dead platform, nobody cares about their games because there is no way to get it until their contracts are over and they can move on to Steam.
Oh, I feel like this will lead nowhere good. Not for Epic nor for any Publisher who jumped on the Epic Train x.x

Also I find it kinda funny if we thin on several Tweets from Tim Sweeny like "We'll stop time exclusive if Valve reduces the amount of money they do take from every sale." With out thinking about what a big service Steam offers.
Not at least Linux support, but also the server infrastructure they have. As a developer or publisher you don't need to necessary care about own game servers. You can make use of the Steam API and out source your game servers to steam. The customer, if they want to play a private game with friends, don't need to setup their own dedicated server and fiddle around with port forwarding in their local Firewall and/or Router because that's also handled by the API ans Valve. The huge Community Market with sellable in game items.
Proton, DXVK and the other stuff they are working on. It's incredible if we think about all this.
And even a lot more to much to be mentioned here.

If we count everything together Sweeny wants Valve to operate on a Zero benefit level. Which would someday make Valve bankrupt at the end. That's not how competition should work.
Also he want's Steam to make their Steam API stuff compatible with any Store on any platform, including Epic Store, which is not a bad Idea in general but at the end he would benefit from the work Valve already did by invading them? What the hack!?

Sorry this went a bit off ^^"
But every time I read something about the Epic Store it's Anti Linux and that drives me nuts x.x

Or did I completely miss understood something?


Last edited by Vortex_Acherontic at 11 June 2019 at 10:12 am UTC
Eike 11 June 2019 at 10:21 am UTC
timgarbosDeveloper here. Totally get your concerns, but we are not trying to keep anything secret. Of course, we care about our backers and that's why we tell them the news before the general public. The news will be more public and is already publicly being discussed on our Discord.

Anyways, thanks for keeping up to date. I'll let you know once we have Linux news.

So we figure the Linux version will be released after the exclusivity expires?

*edit * Having a Linux version outside of Epic store, but no Windows version would be... interesting.


Last edited by Eike at 11 June 2019 at 10:22 am UTC
sub 11 June 2019 at 10:49 am UTC
QuoteWe know some of you prefer a Steam key so you will also get a key for a backer-exclusive pre-release on Steam that is going to be the full game. (don’t tell Valve - no idea what they think about it)

You should not promise a Steam release then turn to another store yet still partially providing Steam keys.
It might be fair to the backers, but it's overly unfair at the whole picture.

Either stay to your promised words and release on Steam or don't provide keys at all.
That's cheap!


Last edited by sub at 11 June 2019 at 2:29 pm UTC
Feda 11 June 2019 at 10:56 am UTC
timgarbosDeveloper here. Totally get your concerns, but we are not trying to keep anything secret. Of course, we care about our backers and that's why we tell them the news before the general public. The news will be more public and is already publicly being discussed on our Discord.

Anyways, thanks for keeping up to date. I'll let you know once we have Linux news.

ROFL, we care for you, so we will tell you how we are screwing you, while we do it, because we care for you.


Last edited by Feda at 11 June 2019 at 10:56 am UTC
kuhpunkt 11 June 2019 at 11:04 am UTC
timgarbosDeveloper here. Totally get your concerns, but we are not trying to keep anything secret. Of course, we care about our backers and that's why we tell them the news before the general public. The news will be more public and is already publicly being discussed on our Discord.

Anyways, thanks for keeping up to date. I'll let you know once we have Linux news.

And you say "We get it if you’re not convinced by Epic Games Store. It’s lacking some features at the moment, but their team is hard at work and more stores is going to be great for both developers and players in the long run."

How are more stores better when you offer the game on only one store?
Nanobang 11 June 2019 at 11:30 am UTC
It's been a long time since I updated my "I must never crowdfund game devs" list.

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Okay, done. Updated.

;)
rapakiv 11 June 2019 at 11:39 am UTC
timgarbosDeveloper here. Totally get your concerns, but we are not trying to keep anything secret.

You can solve this in a verry simple way, if you really care for your backers, you will put the game on steam but not on sale and provide a key for your backers.
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