There’s been a bit of a battle going on in the PC games market, as Epic Games has opened up a store that will allow developers of all kinds to come and put their games on the platform without losing much of their profits…like they would if they went to Steam. While Steam is established, the Epic Games Store is quickly rising up through the ranks, and now, they’ve stolen Metro Exodus after it was supposed to be on Steam.
This comes right from the mouth of Epic Games:
“We are delighted to partner with Epic to bring the digital PC version of Metro Exodus to market,” said Deep Silver CEO Dr. Klemens Kundratitz. “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.”
Stealing the game like this is big for a number of reasons. Not the least of which is that the game was already on Steam via its Steam page, and pre-orders were already happening. So for this bait and switch to happen is huge, and shows that AAA companies like Deep Silver are looking for new and fresh places to put their games…and make more money.
Needless to say, Valve wasn’t happy about this, and on the Metro Exodus Steam Page they have put this:
“We think the decision to remove the game is unfair to Steam customers, especially after a long pre-sale period,” the game’s Steam page now says. “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.”
The game releases February 14th.