Rebellion Developments have admittedly found themselves in an embarrassing situation after claiming they'd need a 'bloody good reason' to make their game an Epic Games Store (EGS) exclusive, and ultimately getting it in the form of cash.
In an interview with GamesIndustry, Jason and Chris Kingsley, founders of Rebellion Developments, said that the situation is a bit embarrassing now that their upcoming shooter Zombie Army 4: Dead War has been confirmed as a timed EGS exclusive.
Credit where credit's due though - Rebellion didn't dance around the reason why they switched to EGS and instead addressed the matter directly.
"Generally I think I would prefer not to do exclusives but I understand Epic's position with it, and quite frankly they are paying through the nose to build their store" Jason said, adding, "All credit to them, it's fantastic, and we'll take some of their money, thank you very much."
Rebellion's decision was purely a business one, and had nothing to with choosing sides in the EGS vs. Steam war. They reminded they're an independent developer and, as such, they have to take their chances.
The two reflected on EGS' role on the market as well, pointing out it's "a bit of a kick up the backside for anybody whenever a new [competitor] comes into the marketplace". They likened the situation to Sony vs. Microsoft rivalry, where Sony's overwhelming dominance with PS2 resulted in a successor that wasn't as great as it should've been.
Epic's incentives for Rebellion's switch were quite generous, and Jason said he was quite impressed with both the numbers they offered and the fact that Sweeney and Co want to support Zombie Army 4 as a big title.
Nevertheless, Epic's offer caught them off guard with their offer. Jason said, "I was aware that Epic was doing exclusives, [but] we hadn't been offered at the time...I didn't really think they would, because typically they go for the super big [games]."
Zombie Army 4: Dead War launches in early 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC via EGS.
You can find the interview here.