It doesn’t sound as if THQ Nordic is overly pleased with its early experiments in publishing on the Epic Games Store.
THQ Nordic CEO Lars Wingefors didn’t sound enamoured at all with the storefront during a Q5 (it's complicated) financial briefing with investors. Metro Exodus caught a ton of flack when it was ripped off Steam and became a year-long EGS exclusive.
The end result, according to Twitter’s @DarkDetectiveNL who sat in on the briefing, was “the 'absolute majority' of the revenue came from console platforms.” Metro Exodus enjoyed strong sales on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, becoming HQ Nordic’s biggest launch ever. However, Wingefors initially had no comment to give on PC sales.
When pushed, Wingefors said Metro Exodus on PC did "a bit better than expected... in the beginning of the year", but he didn’t sound overly excited about its prospects. To be blunt, it sounds as if Wingefors is suggesting Metro Exodus sold great while it was available to pre-order on Steam, before subsequently falling into oblivion.
He also refused to answer any questions about how Satisfactory performed on the Epic Games Store. Suddenly that game’s name starts to sound a little ironic.
It’s a bit of disgraceful situation, to be honest. 4A Games’ Metro franchise has strong ties with PC gaming. It’s a PC series first and foremost, and yet the decision to strike a deal with Epic has clearly seen the landmark FPS series take a nosedive on its home platform. It’s a self-inflicted wound for the publisher, who favoured extremely short term gains for long term pain.
The good news for Epic Store detractors is that reading between the lines, it seems unlikely that THQ Nordic will attempt a similar deal anytime soon. Things may change should the public perception of the Epic Games Store alter significantly but that feels a long way off.