UPDATE: Just a quick update for you as it turns out Metro Exodus will have precisely one year's exclusivity on the Epic Games Store. Wait another year and you'll be able to buy it from whichever PC storefront you want.
"Metro Exodus will return to Steam and on other storefronts after 14 February 2020," says publisher Deep Silver.
It sounds like a classic money hat scenario to me. A very curious case of a storefront paying for timed exclusivity, console-style. It's unheard of for PC gaming to work in this way and, if the PC gaming community's adversity to console exclusives has taught anyone, anything, it's that forcing PC gamers to play a particular way, or in a particular place, only fosters hostility rather than currying favour.
Epic is hoping PC gamers dive headfirst into their own Stockholm Syndrome. Look at the vociferous reaction to Denuvo and you'll also see a ton of PC gamers won't fall down this hole and would rather skip a game entirely than bend to its will.
At its most base, competition is great, but not all competition is necessarily beneficial to the consumer. Time will tell how this one plays out, although a bad aura could be hard for Epic to shake. Look no further than Games for Windows Live and the Windows Store for evidence of this.
Original Story: 28-Jan-2019 - Metro Exodus Will Launch Exclusively Through the Epic Games Store, Being Removed From Steam
Metro Exodus will be launching on PC exclusively through the Epic Games Store, publisher Deep Silver and Epic have announced.
This megaton announcement means Metro Exodus will be getting wrenched from Steam less than three weeks before it’s due to launch. Anyone who has pre-ordered Metro Exodus through Steam will have their pre-order honoured but going forward you’ll only be able to buy it through the Epic Games Store. At the time of writing, Metro Exodus is currently still available on Steam so grab it quickly if you want it there.
"We are delighted to partner with Epic to bring the digital PC version of Metro Exodus to market," says Deep Silver CEO Klemens Kundratitz. "Epic's generous revenue terms are a game changer that will allow publishers to invest more into content creation, or pass on savings to the players. By teaming up with Epic we will be able to invest more into the future of Metro and our ongoing partnership with series developer 4A Games, to the benefit of our Metro fans."
The reduced 12% cut that Epic takes from all revenues earned on the platform appears to be the chief deciding factor. Valve takes between 30 and 20% of revenue depending on the total revenue earned.
In a show of good faith, Deep Silver and 4A Games are knocking $10 off the asking price for Metro Exodus on the Epic Games Store, bringing it down to $50/£45. Its pre-order price on Steam was $60/£50.
Valve has updated the Steam store page with its own update on situation, calling it a "publisher decision" that is "unfair to Steam customers, especially after a long pre-sale period."
Valve's got its claws out here. It appears they also deleted the official post from Deep Silver in order to present their own statement on the situation. It's a bit of a mess, in truth, and we can't remember Valve ever being pursued quite so aggressively as it is now.
This marks the second huge game to skip Steam in recent weeks after Ubisoft announced Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 will only be available through the Epic Store and its own Uplay service.
The Metro Exodus PC system requirements were released late last week. Metro 3 is set to be one of the most demanding PC games ever. Be sure to check out the Metro: Exodus PC system specs to ensure your rig's up to the task.
What are your thoughts on this massive change then? Has your decision to buy Metro Exodus changed since learning it’s moved to the Epic Games Store and it’ll use Denuvo? Let us know what you think of the situation below!