Metro Exodus Ditches Steam For Epic Games Store Exclusive
Deep Silver has announced that Metro Exodus will be the latest high-profile game to be releasing exclusively on Epic Games’ storefront. In addition to leaving Steam, Exodus will not be available via the Humble store, sticking solely to Epic’s platform.
The reaction was posted to the game’s Steam store page on Today. Specifically, Valve says “the decision to remove the game is unfair to Steam customers, especially after a long pre-sale period.” Customers who pre-ordered the game from Valve will still be able to access the game and future DLC on Steam after it launches on Feb. 15, but sales for new customers will be discontinued later today.
However, to be clear, those who pre-ordered the game via Steam aren’t being left out in the cold. They will apparently continue to have access to it forever (or, at least, until Steam shuts down someday), along with any future updates it receives.
Valve’s frustration is understandable. Not only is the game being removed from its distribution platform, but it’s also being sold for less on the Epic Games Store. Customers in the US who buy Metro Exodus from Epic will pay $50, a full $10 discount over the Steam price. It’s a price reduction that speaks directly to how Epic Games is luring developers to its platform: Valve takes a 30 percent cut of all sales on Steam. As a new challenger, the Epic Games store takes just 12 percent and that reduced revenue seems to directly correlate to Deep Silver lowering the price on the Epic store.
Deep Silver CEO Dr. Klemens Kundratitz said:
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.
Ubisoft is another example of a high-profile publisher The Division 2 will skip Steam with the release of The Division 2 on March 15, which will launch on the Epic Games Store as well as Ubisoft’s own online storefront.
After years spent as the dominant force in PC gaming, Valve is finally starting to see some real competition in the space, with big names like Epic and Discord offering more developer-friendly options.