Mudokon adventures will continue on Epic Games Store for PC users as Lorne Lanning announced the decision through Oddworld Inhabitants Twitter. The reactions were mixed, with no clear consensus over whether it's bad or good for the studio.
Ironically enough, Oddworld: Soulstorm is a remake of Oddworld: Exoddus will go for Epic Games Store despite the previous franchise entries being on Steam, just like Metro: Exodus did. There is a reason why the two are vastly different but more on that later.
Lorne Lanning, the founder and president of Oddworld Inhabitants, released an open letter to the community via the company's Twitter account. He stated that the game will release in 2020 on EGS because they have been financing the game on their own.
Taking money out of your own proverbial pocket for a game that may or may not succeed is quite the risk and removing such a weak link from the equation is what pushed the decision. According to Lanning, Soulstorm is the most ambitious Oddworld game to date which required additional funding and this was presumably done to avoid entering a deal with a third party publisher.
The announcement came without sugar-coated intro or condescending tone and explained a perfectly reasonable decision for the studio which is likely the reason why the gaming community didn't unanimously brand the devs Epic sellouts.
As mentioned previously, the situation with Oddworld series is much different to those of Metro: Exodus or Borderlands 3. The latter two were already ace in the hole titles for their respective developers and publishers that guaranteed success based on hype alone. Meanwhile, Oddworld: Soulstorm is not.
It is not a franchise that is well known like the other two. In fact, today's teenage gamers are highly likely not even aware of the name. Abe's Oddysee is 22 years old and was never a worldwide hit with lingering popularity.
Investing your own money into a title that could be successful but has a very real chance that it might not be is highly risky because it could mean the end of an entire company.
Epic Games' revenue guarantee is such a developer's wet dream and it's hard to fault Oddworld Inhabitants for that. It simply is not the same as Take Two Interactive and Koch Media having guaranteed success on their hands but then deciding they want to stuff their pockets with more money that came from exclusivity.