Valve: Metro Exodus Leaving Steam For Epic Store Is "Unfair"

The upcoming shooter will be available on PC exclusively through Epic's new storefront.

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Another one of this year's biggest releases is skipping Steam in favor of the Epic Games Store. Publisher Deep Silver has announced that the PC version of Metro Exodus will now be sold exclusively through Epic's store when it launches on February 15, despite previously being available for pre-order on Steam.

Deep Silver says that any pre-orders made on Valve's storefront will still be honored, but the game has since been delisted there due to the new exclusivity agreement--a decision that Valve calls "unfair to Steam customers." In a statement on the Metro Exodus Steam page, the company wrote:

"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."

One of the major factors that has enticed developers away from Steam and to the Epic Games Store is its revenue terms; unlike Steam, the storefront gives companies 88% of their revenue while Epic only takes 12%, and it appears that split had a bearing on the decision to bring Metro Exodus exclusively to the platform.

"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," Deep Silver CEO Klemens Kundratitz said. "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."

As another consequence of Epic's more developer-friendly revenue terms, Deep Silver is selling the PC version of Metro Exodus in the US for $50--$10 cheaper than the usual $60 price tag most new releases carry. However, the game will still cost €60 in most European countries.

Metro Exodus isn't the only major PC release that will be bypassing Steam entirely. Earlier this month, Ubisoft announced that its upcoming shooter, The Division 2, will also skip Steam in favor of the Epic Games Store and its own storefront.

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It is what it is.

They have every right to make a go at it themselves.

Although we're all used to Steam and don't like change (I don't) - I'm not going to blow a fuse over someone else selling the game, even though it was a last minute decision by the powers that be.

I think I bought Witcher 3 on GoG when it was released and just put a shortcut link to the executable file, within Steam, or at least a shortcut to GoG, so there is a not so difficult work around.

Or, I know - use a desktop shortcut like the olden days lol - it's not hard folks. We all prefer Steam and I currently don't even have enough time to play this new game, so I'll just wait until the dust settles. Let me know what happens in 6 months!

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I love the method of currencies in Steam and i am not planning to use any other platform in the future other than Steam. Why? I had already many problems with Origin and GOG to never use them again. Even with Windows store i had issues.

I trust and rely on Steam even when they have their own policies that sometimes could not that beneficial for customers. Let's hope this will be reverted in the near future

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I'm not gonna bother with this bullshit of choosing sides on a PC now when it is a stupid issue already with console games. We are players here to play games. I NEVER paid money to care about more fucking politics on top of the already convoluted politics of the Unite States of America. I'm here after all to forget about that bull shit for an hour or so. Either they put it back up on steam, or I'm not going to bother playing it. Because honestly, at the end the day, it's just a video game. I'll live.

edit: That being said, Steam should allow the sales of the games on Epic's "store front" too. **** competition, work together or GTFO.

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So, is this timed, or permanent?

I have the other two Metro games on GOG and have no intention of ever using Epic's store...

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You have people here calling steam users out as whiny without giving a chance to see all sides. Yes Competition is healthy steam need it but it need the right competition GOG for example which is a very good client to buy games on and GOG is only getting better and better. Now as for Epic it wouldn't have been so bad but IMO there are some decision that company has made that doesn't sit well with me one of the major thing is who also behind Epic which is tencent a company with many ties to a communist govt. You can call me out for that with PoE but again PoE case is different tencent is a full on investor and has control of what goes on ONLY in the chinese market. Now getting back to the point I was trying to make earlier Epic track record so for hasn't been well received by consumers. Yes developers have a right to sell their game wherever the hell they want but they can't expect the entire gaming populace to be sheeps and go/do what they want, EA has learned that the hard way and Ubisoft is the next company that heading towards their downfall with bs micro transactions. Exodus WILL see bad sales for the 1st year and when the steam version releases it not going to help their sales because the game will be hit by 30-50% off steam sales yes more will sell but the numbers of loss from that 1st yr is going to hit them hard.

I want to reiterate this competition is good as long as it HEALTHY competition but if epic continues to do backdoor deals sure they gain money but in the long run all they will be left with is a negative view in the mindset of gamers. Developers only go to epic for now because of the 12% take vs steam 30% but remember steam has a HUGH consumer base 20x that of epic consumer base it not like they won't eventually lower that 30% to probably 20% and then what will developers choose that 12% and exclusive yr for their games or the 20% and steam consumer base that also not counting out the GOG has an establish consumer base that already proven itself to the customer base. Epic doesn't have the staying power in the long run with their way of doing business. Complain all you want this is the point where only time is proven right.

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I've heard so many complaints from gamers about Steam being a Monopoly. Now that there is a real emerging competitor to Steam, gamers are complaining "unfair" tactics.

Personally, I'm not going to blame Devs for wanting to bank more. Its like choosing to pay 18% more to support a local neighborhood shop instead of ordering online...who does that?

If I have old PC parts I want dump on eBay and I want to move it, I usually undercut most other sellers.

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And why not just have it on Steam but at a higher price? i dont want to support EPIC Games EVER, worst customer service in the history of gaming companies.

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"Support the devs"

They'd sell way more copies on Steam which means way more profit that would make this little 12% obsolete you uneducated pricks.
The amount of people that won't buy it now is too damn high for them to make a good profit.

Also, Epic Games doesn't have the same support/refund policy than Steam/Valve and far from it, main reason I'll never buy on their crap platform... oh and epic discounts on Steam.

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@JDFS: they got their pre-order sales on steam already.

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So Deep Silver essentially gave Steam's competition free marketing for Metro Exodus.

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Now I see that it will only be a timed exclusive to the Epic Store. The game will be on Steam next year. It appears that Epic paid Koch Media for the game this year, and as such THQ Nordic says that it wasn't their decision. This smacks of a kiddie console wars tactic. Looks like THQ Nordic wants PC Gamers to know that it wasn't their decision to do this.

No matter though, I'll gladly wait for the Steam version.

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If it was a Steam exclusive... like so many games out there. I'm sure people wouldn't even flinch.

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Oh please these same people are fine with it being exclusive to steam but not the other way around such hypocrites

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@stephen2532: It's the main and biggest PC gaming platform on Earth... soooo yeah?

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@stephen2532: To be fair, Steam offers a lot of functionality built in like controller binding, music, voice chat, recording, and streaming, among other stuff. However, I'd rather see more games released on GOG over Epic.

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@stephen2532: I might be mistaken but from what I have read is that all games that have been exclusively on steam has been a choice by the devs or publishers themselves and not some exclusivity deal with Valve. They are free to sell their games on other platforms, but they themselves chose to only sell them through Steam. The exception is of course Valves own games being truly exclusive to their store. For instance, one can buy Steam keys through Humble and as far as I know, none of that money goes to Valve.

But Epic on the other hand is specifically making sure that their exclusive games can only be sold through their store, and I guess this means that you can't buy keys for the game on the Epic store through other sites like Humble.

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@stephen2532: Because steam, despite cutting high margins on sold games, has always been a customer first business. They built their reputation over YEARS and have so many well developed functionalities for those who want to use them but don't get in the way of those who don't. They've earned their trust. Epic games is just ripping steams policies because the policies make perfect sense and were created through extensive customer interactions and services.

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@Sound_Demon: "ripping steams policies because the policies make perfect sense"

It's not ripping, It's common sense.

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@Sound_Demon: Jeez, are they paying you to blow steam this hard?

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@RogerioFM: I see common sense doesn't seem to get through to you.

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@RogerioFM: I'm not going to hunt all of your comments one by one. I have better things to do. If you can be bothered to put in some work with those sausage fingers to copy your post and ask it here instead of calling someone eloquent but meaningless curses, maybe you'd actually grow up. You offer no argument otherwise. Calling someone "full of shit" after they tried to reason with your lack of common sense without outlining why, doesnt need to be addressed.

Have an edgy day.

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@Sound_Demon: Good talk.

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Just buy the game on Epic. Epic's store maybe crappy at the moment, but you know what's even crappier? torrent sites. So much for the digital distribution future, 'ey guys?

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@zerooriginality:

Hey, as long as it's not ORIGIN.

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love it, i have all sorts of game store son my PC, and the only ones who dont, are elitists that think they are better than others and wont download it. are you so cheap you cant afford Disk space, lol. you guys are a bunch of whiners, so you saying if a store opened up in your town called games r us, and it took all call of duty games from gamestop and it only sold at this one store you would not buy it? you would boycott a store because of a shitty brand loyalty, guess what gamestop sucks and so does steam, all it ever does is crash.

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@streissguth: to me it don’t matter what Digital Store it’s on I will buy it and I can’t blame the publisher either that 30% Steam takes is quite a bit so if I want the game I will go to Epic store

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@streissguth: I don't know about you, but I like having multiple options on where I can buy each game. The more options there are, the better. It's why I don't mind Epic having it on their store front, but this Epic game store exclusive stuff is pure crap.

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Im sure Gabe wont run out of twinky and hooker money

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One drm is enough for me. Looks like Im not touching this :(

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@unfriendlytoast: I agree

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@unfriendlytoast: +1. Had they gone to GOG then I'd have purchased it.

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PC gaming is getting out of hand. Too much junk installed just for a few games.

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@everson_rm: this doesn’t seem too big a deal to me, but one of the ways I’ve always kept my pc clean is avoiding installing a bunch of different programs over the years.

Annoying to have 8 billion log ins and passwords and sign all those Eula’s, but I suppose competition is better for the long run.

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@jumalan75: This isn't competition, it's blackmail.

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@Dessicator: I agree it was handled very poorly and is very cornering with its intentions.

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@jumalan75: So you have all these bloatware launchers simultaneously open and eating processing and networking power? Or do you prefer to manually remember to open one and close the other in order to access a hand full of games tied to each.

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@Sound_Demon: no I do not have all those programs. That’s what I’m saying. I think it sucks when everything wants you to register, install, and run in the background eating up room and power.

I do feel Steam could use some competition however and everyone needs to start somewhere. Just not this way.

Could’ve been handled way better however, but if moves like this get steam to give a little more then I doubt devs are going to make such stupid moves weeks before launch.

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Supposedly this is just a timed exclusive and Metro Exodus will be on Steam a year from launch, in Feb 2020.

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@jsprunk: That is the real release date for PC Metro.