4A Games and Deep Silver have seemed to, well… gotten themselves in DEEP trouble with fans and gamers alike by kicking up quite a dust storm. In the not so distant past, a Denuvo debacle surfaced, price hikes outside the U.S. stepped forward, and now news of a timed exclusivity deal with the Epic Game Store has popped up. Yes, this means that the game will not be available on Steam (for PC owners) until February 14th, 2020.
It really looks like the publisher and developer over the forthcoming Metro game are trying hard to steer fans away from said title. The latest controversial step that 4A Games and Deep Silver took comes in the form of Epic CEO, Tim Sweeney, and Deep Silver’s CEO, Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, announcing the following on metrothegame.com:
“Metro Exodus is amazing and is rightly one of the most anticipated PC titles of 2019. We are partnering with Deep Silver to launch Metro Exodus, with Epic’s marketing support, and its commitment to offering a break-even distribution. 88% revenue, allowing game creators to reinvest more in creating great products and improving the economics of gaming stores.”
Following up on Sweeny’s PR statement, Dr. Kundratitz, CEO of Deep Silver, noted:
“We are excited to partner with Epic to bring the digital version of Metro Exodus to market. The generous terms and conditions of Epic will allow publishers to invest more in creating content or benefiting players. By teaming up with Epic, we will be able to invest more in Metro’s future and in our ongoing partnership with the developer of the series, 4A Games, for the benefit of fans of the game.”
Of course, Steam had something to say about this too over on the Metro: Exodus’ steam page:
“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.”
In case you missed it, Deep Silver issued an update to website PCGamer (archive.is) that Steam customers are able to access Metro: Exodus related stuff… but with some stipulations. Firstly, Steam customers can purchase the stand-alone DLC for Metro: Exodus on the platform, and no existing content or future DLC will be exclusive to the Epic Game Store. However, the game itself will become available to Steam users on February 14th, 2020.