Epic Games and Deep Silver has announced a partnership that’ll see the PC release of Metro Exodus land exclusively on the Epic Games Store.
Set to arrive on February 15, 2019, Metro Exodus will be landing on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Epic Games Store which is a massive hit for Steam who has lost big hitters like The Division 2 recently, among others.
As of today, players can pre-purchase both the Standard and Gold Editions of Metro Exodus at EpicGames.com or via the downloadable Epic Games Launcher.
“Metro Exodus is amazing and is deservedly one of the most anticipated PC titles of 2019,” said Tim Sweeney, founder, and CEO of Epic. “We are partnering with Deep Silver to launch Metro Exodus, underpinned by Epic’s marketing support and commitment to offering an 88% revenue split, enabling game creators to further reinvest in building great games and improving the economics of game stores for everybody.”
As for players who pre-ordered the game through other digital retailers will receive their games as expected, Deep Silver note in a press release. The publisher also added that it will release Metro 2033 Redux and Metro: Last Light Redux to the Epic Games store later this year.
Interestingly, rather than removing the Steam Store listing, Valve decided to add a note onto the Steam Store page for Metro Exodus which reads:
“Sales of Metro Exodus have been discontinued on Steam due to a publisher decision to make the game exclusive to another PC store.
“The developer and publisher have assured us that all prior sales of the game on Steam will be fulfilled on Steam, and Steam owners will be able to access the game and any future updates or DLC through Steam.
“We think the decision to remove the game is unfair to Steam customers, especially after a long pre-sale period. We apologize to Steam customers that were expecting it to be available for sale through the February 15th release date, but we were only recently informed of the decision and given limited time to let everyone know.”
In response, THQ Nordic, the parent company of Koch Media who is the parent company of Deep Silver has said on Twitter:
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. pic.twitter.com/oOI52rLDAi
— THQNordic (@THQNordic) January 29, 2019
Definitely an interesting response from both Steam and THQ Nordic. What are your thoughts on these statements? Let us know in the comments below! You can also check out our preview of Metro Exodus here.