In a shocking turn of events, it has been stated that the upcoming sequel to Metro: Last Light, Metro: Exodus will be exclusive to Epic Store for a full year. The reason why it is shocking is that the game is still available on Steam for preorder, but this is what it says:
“Later today, sales of Metro Exodus will be 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.”
However, the good news is that Deep Silver released a statement saying that this exclusivity is only timed. Below is an excerpt from the statement:
“Metro Exodus will return to Steam and on other storefronts after 14 February 2020.”
Keep in mind that this is not the first time a game is being pulled away from Steam. Previously, Ubisoft’s upcoming Division 2 was also removed from Steam, but there is no sign that it states that Division 2 would also be a timed exclusive on the Epic Store.
The reason behind that is rather simple, Epic has an amazing revenue split policy that it has introduced, according to the policy, 88 percent of the revenue would go to the developers and only 12 to Epic. This is one of the reasons why many developers and publishers are moving their games towards Epic.
According to Deep Silver’s CEO Klemens Kundratitz: Source
“We are delighted to partner with Epic to bring the digital PC version of Metro Exodus to market, 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 best part is that the Epic Store will be selling both standard and gold edition of the game, additionally, previous installments of Metro are also available to buy on the Epic Store.
For the longest time, Steam has been the largest digital distributor of video games; despite Uplay and Origin being around for some time now, Steam has not left its throne. However, with Epic moving fast on Steam, it seems as Steam can be in hot water is things remain the same.
With that out of the way, Metro: Exodus is releasing across all platforms on 15th February, later this year. If you are still interested in picking the game up on Steam, the pre-orders are available on Steam but will be taken down later today.
Let us know what you think of Deep Silver’s decision moving the game to Epic’s storefront for an entire year. Will it have any negative impact on Steam or will Steam continue to be a dominating force in the industry?