Bigben’s next 3 PC games, including WRC 8, will be one-year PC exclusives on Epic Games Store

French publisher Bigben has revealed it is partnering with Epic Games Store for the upcoming releases of WRC 8, Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory, and Bee Simulator, making all three games PC-exclusive on EGS.

WRC 8 (which is scheduled for release on September 5th) Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory (October 3rd), and Bee Simulator (November 14th) have all signed exclusive one-year-deals with Epic.

“We are very pleased to be reinforcing our Epic Games store offer with a variety of unique games from our catalogue,” said Benoit Clerc, head of publishing at Bigben. “Our latest offer is comprised of three games that are very different from each other: Bee Simulator, a superb family game; Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory, a tactical CRPG brimming with dark humour; and WRC 8, the official simulation of the FIA World Rally Championship, which will also be the first rally game available on the Epic Games Store.” 

Epic has announced a slew of exclusive titles for Epic Games Store from partners as wide-ranging as Take-Two’s Private Division, Quantic Dream, Remedy and 505 Games, which has recently release Remedy’s Control.

Following the success of The Division 2, Ubisoft has committed to launching more new titles, and back catalogue titles, on the store, too, continuing its partnership where titles are exclusive to UPlay and Epic Game Store. Some of those back catalogue titles have been promised as being part of the free games programme.

Shenmue III is also slated to be a timed PC exclusive on Epic Game Store. Despite fan disappointment, developer Ys Net said at the time that “refunds will not be granted”. After an angry backlash, Ys Net then promised its Kickstarter backers that it was “listening to their concerns” and asked for fans “to have some patience” as it worked to “assess the situation and together find a way forward to justify the trust [players] placed in [Ys Net]”. Now, it seems it will uphold refunds after all.

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