Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is set to be a year-long Epic Games Store exclusive, Take-Two Interactive announced today.
Given the similar exclusivity of Borderlands 3 and Outer Wilds, also published by Take-Two’s Private Division label, the news should not come as a surprise. However, during an earnings call, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick stressed that such exclusivity deals will be “rare” and always timed:
“[I]n terms of supporting the Epic Games Store, look, we think, as I said earlier, more distribution is a good thing. And while it’s rare that we’ll do exclusives for any period of time, we will continue to support Steam with our titles, with catalog. And these titles will be going to Steam relatively quickly after their initial availability exclusively on the Epic Games Store.”
Interestingly, Borderlands 3 is scheduled for release outside the Epic Games Store just six months after its September 13 release, whereas both Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey and Outer Wilds will be exclusives for a full year.