Metro Exodus Removed From Steam; Now Exclusive to Epic Games Store

Ruben Fields
January 29, 2019

According to Steam, the option to pre-order Metro Exodus will be removed "later today" (as of January 28), and "Steam owners will be able to access the game and any future updates or DLC through Steam".

The digital content distribution wars heated up once again on Monday as Deep Silver and Epic Games teamed up to announce that Metro Exodus - the upcoming entry in the first-person shooter series - is going to be exclusive to the Epic Games store on PC. "They are a sister company of THQ Nordic Vienna, which is the reason why we can and will not comment on this matter". 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. While games like The Division 2 and Metro Exodus are only a small drop in the bucket compared to the litany of releases that arrive annually, these moves to Epic's platform seem to signal a larger shift that could be occurring in the industry. Specifically, Valve says "the decision to remove the game is unfair to Steam customers, especially after a long presale period". The game can be made available through Steam and other digital storefronts starting February 14th, 2020, a full year after the game's initial release date. As such, Exodus will cost a mere $50 on Epic's store - $10 cheaper than it was on Steam. However, the game will still cost €60 in most European countries. Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO at Deep Silver, explains that "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".

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This is another disheartening blow to die-hard users of Steam, and generally anyone who doesn't want to have so many game launchers on their PC. Any game purchased within the last 14 days can be automatically refunded, if you have played for two hours or less, but pre-orders can be canceled no matter how long ago you paid for your reservation, as long as you do so before the game is released.

'Metro Exodus is incredible and is deservedly one of the most anticipated PC titles of 2019, ' crows Tim Sweeney, founder and chief executive of Epic, in the announcement.

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