“…similar to one of those cozy neighborhood book shops.”
Discord has announced its launch of the Discord Store Beta – its jump into distributing and publishing games on its platform.
The beta rolled out to 50,000 randomly selected Canadian users on Thursday who are current subscribers to Discord’s subscription service, Discord Nitro. Selected players will see an upgraded interface with the new features, including a new tab for the Discord Store where individual games are available for purchase.
The launch of the store comes two-fold: Discord Nitro gets an upgrade with a selection of games curated by the Discord staff themselves for subscribers to have full access to. The subscription service costs $4.99 USD/month or $49.99 USD/year and still includes all of the previous perks such as larger file uploads, animated avatars, and higher quality screen shares.
Available separately is the Discord Store, which will offer newly released, popular titles as well as the new “First on Discord” section – indie games that are exclusive to Discord for approximately 90 days, after which the developers are able to release them anywhere.
Discord wants to focus its support on indie developers and said in a statement, “Supporting indie games pushes the boundary of creative game design and is important to innovation and the long term health of the industry.”
The beta will not include any First on Discord titles, but they will be released shortly after.
Titles that will be available in the Nitro store include Saints Row: The Third, Metro: Last Light Redux, Darksiders: Warmastered Edition, De Blob, Tormentor X Punisher, Dandara, Kathy Rain, GoNNER, Kingdom: New Lands, System Shock Enhanced Edition, and Super Meat Boy.
Popular games that will be launching in the retail store include Dead Cells, Frostpunk, Omensight, Into the Breach, SpellForce 3, The Banner Saga 3, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, Hollow Knight, Moonlighter, This is the Police 2, and Starbound.
Discord has also included a Universal Library tab to the home screen to give users the option of having Discord scan your computer for games. From there, Discord is able to launch any games through their platform instead of users needing to have multiple launchers for each game.
The beta is currently only available for Windows users, but Mac and Linux players will have access in the future. Discord has stated that since this is all in a beta format, things may change over time leading up to the official store launch later this year.
We learned earlier this year that Microsoft was bringing discord support to Xbox Live, showing the platform already began expanding. Let us know in the comments which games you would like to see in Discord’s new store!
Jessie Wade is a news writer for IGN. Connect with her on Twitter @jessieannwade and let her know your favorite indie game.