Deep Silver and Koch Media issued a statement to clarify the recent comments made by a member of the Ukrainian development outfit, 4A Games. A couple of days ago one of the members of the team said that if PC gamers boycotted the PC version of Metro: Exodus, the next game won’t be on PC. Some people said the comments were taken out of context, others stated that he was out of line.
Deep Silver and Koch didn’t attempt to claim that there was a misunderstanding, nor that what he said was taken out of context. Instead, the publisher simply attempted to remind gamers that it was a single member of the development team speaking “passionately” about the upcoming game. DSO Gaming spotted the statements made by Deep Silver over on their Facebook page, where they said…
“The recent decision to move Metro Exodus from Steam to the Epic Game Store was made by Koch Media / Deep Silver alone.
“The recent comments made by a member of the 4A Games development team do not reflect Deep Silver’s or 4A Games’ view on the future of the franchise. They do reflect the hurt and disappointment of a passionate individual who has seen what was previously nothing but positive goodwill towards his work turn to controversy due to a business decision he had no control over. We respectfully ask that any and all valid feedback over this decision is directed at Koch Media / Deep Silver, and not the developers at 4A Games.
“The future release strategy of the Metro series lies with Koch Media / Deep Silver. Our decision to partner with Epic Games was based on the goal of investing in the future of the series and our development partner at 4A Games. We have every intention of continuing this franchise, and a PC version will always be at the heart of our plans.”
This likely won’t quell the frustrations spawned by the 4A Games member, nor will it erase the current anguish gamers are experiencing over the fact that for an entire year Metro: Exodus will be exclusive on the Epic Games Store for PC.
What this does do is verify that Deep Silver and Koch Media have, in some ways, validated the comments made by the 4A Games member, but also are attempting to distance themselves from what he said.
I just can’t imagine it helping with the overall PC sales of the game. That’s not to mention that there’s a rather ostensible boycott in effect from most fans of the game who own a copy on Steam, where a review bombing session has commenced on Metro: Redux to warn gamers away from purchasing a copy of Metro: Exodus from the Epic Games Store.
While a lot of people believe that all press is good press, we saw how that was not necessarily true in the case of games like Mass Effect: Andromeda or Battlefield V, both of which ended up on the Get Woke; Go Broke Master List. If the trends are anything to go by, this may not turn out well for Metro: Exodus either.
(Thanks for the news tip msoltyspl)