Yet another game is heading over to the Epic Store as an exclusive. The upcoming Metro Exodus is the latest to shun Steam, giving the fledgling upstart even more momentum as a new force in the PC storefront scene.
The move seems to be a sudden one, taking Valve by surprise. The company went as far as to comment on the situation on Metro Exodus’ Steam page, calling out publisher Deep Silver for the quick turnaround:
“We think the decision to remove the game is unfair to Steam customers, especially after a long pre-sale period,” Valve said in the statement. “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.”
Those who have already purchased the game on Steam will receive the game on the platform and will also have access to all DLC going forward. What this means for other clients, however, is not currently known.
For those getting Metro Exodus at its new home, there has now been a price drop. The game is now $49.99, a ten-dollar drop from its original price. Strangely, the European release won’t get that kind of price drop, remaining at £49.99.
Epic has been aggressive in getting both consumers and developers on board with its new storefront since it launched last month. The big incentive for developers is that it has a 88/12 percent revenue share, which is vastly higher than what Steam dishes out. They are also appealing to influencers by giving them a cut of video game sales.
The Epic Store is also giving out free games each month, with recent giveaways including Subnautica, Super Meat Boy, and What Remains of Edith Finch.
Metro Exodus is due for release on February 15. Those who pre-order will get a soundtrack and a digital art book.