THQ Nordic has left Koch flapping in the proverbial wind after a very public statement on the situation regarding Metro Exodus and its year-long exclusivity deal with the Epic Games Store.
“The decision to publish Metro Exodus as a timed Epic Store exclusive was made entirely on Koch Media’s side as Metro is their intellectual property,” tweeted out THQ Nordic.
“They are a sister company of THQ Nordic (Vienna), which is the reason why we can and will not comment on this matter. We do not want to categorically exclude the possibility of timed exclusives for any of our games in the future, but speaking in the here and now, we definitely want to have the players choose the platform of their liking and make our portfolio available to as many outlets as possible.”
THQ Nordic bought up Koch Media and its subsidiary Deep Silver in February of last year. It sounds as if Koch Media was given full autonomous control over its publishing duties, allowing Metro Exodus publisher Deep Silver to ink a deal with Epic.
Quite the storm has blown up in regards to this particular decision and evidently THQ Nordic wishes to distance itself from it. What this does is there are no hard and fast rules that apply to both Deep Silver and THQ Nordic. Denuvo is company policy for Deep Silver, for example, but this doesn’t mean THQ Nordic will also begin to use Denuvo. While THQ Nordic isn’t ruling itself out of any potential timed exclusives in the future, they do also state it’s in their interests to bring their games to as wide an audience as possible.
As ever with these things though, money talks. THQ Nordic arguably hasn’t had the big enough names to justify going exclusive, but should something come along it’ll be interesting to see how it handles the situation.