Since last year, Epic Games has been in a legal battle with Apple. When the case was argued in May, a lot of information came out during the trial; this includes Epic offering Sony millions to get first-class PlayStation games for PC.
Although this has been new since May, many documents and information emerged within 21 days. But a new report from The Verge, which contains some of the most interesting exhibits presented during the trial, shared many interesting things from both parties involved in the case. According to a 222-page confidential document shared during the trial, Fortnite developer Sony offered $ 200 million to get Sony to add at least four first-party games to PC.
The document notes that Epic was waiting for a response from Sony and that the offer was “$ 200 MG + for 4-6 titles.” Unfortunately, there is not much information about what the agreement between Epic and Sony consisted of, and whether an exclusivity agreement was mentioned to have only these PC ports available on the Epic Games Store.
But it’s important to note that the PC versions of Days Gone and Horizon Zero Dawn were released on Epic’s digital storefront in addition to its competitor, Steam.
The document also says that Epic Games had individual tactics to try to get Microsoft and Nintendo on the Epic Games Store, the latter, which Epic described as a “moon shot”. The document says Epic was in “opening talks with Microsoft,” and Xbox CEO Phil Spencer met with Valve CEO Gabe Newell “occasionally.” While another sub-bullet that probably refers to the Xbox Game Pass for PC was somewhat “against what [Epic’s] do. ”
While the document does not provide too much solid information about what Epic Games discussed with these three gaming giants, Epic Games may have convinced Sony to move in a direction that would bring its first-party games to a PC gaming audience. Within the last year, Sony has made it clear this year that more of its first-party games are coming to PC.
In an interview with GQ earlier this year, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan noted that it was a “straightforward decision” to create more PC ports for its first-party titles. In May this year ahead of Sony’s Investor Relations Day, a presentation showed that “several PC releases [are] planned “and that the exclusive PS4 from 2016 Uncharted IV: A Thief’s End from 2016 may be the next game in PlayStation’s portfolio coming to PC.
Taylor is the Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.
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