I am very much looking forward to the game 'Control', due for release on August 27th. Since I'm useless with a controller, I would prefer to play this with a keyboard and mouse, so I was pleased to find that there was a PC version, which has a Steam page.
However, something on the Steam page seemed a bit off; there were no system requirements, even through the official Control game website lists both minimum and recommended specs, and the release date was similarly nowhere to be found on the Steam store page.
On a hunch, I DuckDuckGo'd (DuckDuckWent?) the Epic Store page, and there it was. It looks like Control is going to be an Epic Store exclusive, at least for the launch. Having eschewed any Microsoft products in my household, this posed a conundrum. Should I just resign myself to getting Control on PS4 and live with sidestepping into walls and aiming weapons like a lawn sprinkler? Or should I join the dark side?
It was then that I discovered that the Epic Games Store could be installed via Lutris, and ran fine under Proton. I installed it. It runs fine.
I browsed through the games available on the Epic Games Store, and was pleasantly surprised to find the excellent 'Journey', which up until then, I had thought was a PS4 exclusive. I gave Epic my payment information, and for the small price of my soul, plus 15.99, I installed it. I pointed Lutris at the executable in the appropriate wineprefix. Journey runs beatifully.
So there we have it. This is how Valve's monopoly dies.
I remember the first time I installed Steam; all I wanted was to play Half Life 2, and I felt annoyed at having to install a pointless launcher that required an Internet connection just to play one single-player game. Installing the Epic Games Store didn't feel nearly as annoying. I guess this is the world the modern gamer lives in, these days.