Sharing their developement roadmap with Trello is a thing Epic game has done since 2015 when Unreal Engine went free. He might alienate the consumers, but as far as creators are concerned Epic Games is one of the most successful and innovating firm in the entertainement industry with Unreal Engine being used everywhere from movie/serie/ArchViz/.. to video games, and it's been going on for a couple years. All those developpers had interesting deals which provided them with stability, let me tell you they're more than happy with it. That's exactly what the Phoenix Point devs are saying. Case study: * Release game on Steam / Gog - Your target audience isn't large, game is decently received but within 2 months you've lost press attention, people forget about it, your incomes are low and you can't work on your game anymore. * Sign a one year deal of stable income guaranteed to work on your game - But you have to be Epic Exclusive for a year. You've already spent a couple years of your life working on this game, i'm not surprised people would go in the way that would help them to get the most out of it.