Epic Games and Metro Exodus publisher, Deep Silver, have revealed that the game’s initial release will be available exclusively through the Epic Games Store, with Metro 2033 Redux and Metro: Last Light Redux hitting the Epic Store later this year.
Metro Exodus’ shift away from Steam is the second such notable move since Ubisoft’s decision to release The Division 2 via the Epic Games Store instead of Steam, which was announced earlier this month.
Like The Division 2, the decision to move Metro Exodus’ release from Steam seems to stem primarily from the fact that the Epic Games Store will generate a higher return in revenue from game sales for Deep Silver and 4A Games, allowing them to reinvest in Metro Exodus and future game development.
"We are delighted to partner with Epic to bring the digital PC version of Metro Exodus to market," stated 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."
If you are hoping to keep your Metro collection on a single platform, current Steam pre-orders will still be honored. As of this writing, pre-orders for Metro Exodus are still available on Steam. However, you had better hurry. According to the following statement from the game’s Steam page, the game won’t be available for long:
“Notice: 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.”
If you are willing to wait, Deep Silver confirmed that Metro Exodus will eventually return to Steam and other digital platforms after February 14th, 2020, which is nearly a year after the game’s release date.
Stay tuned to The Gamer for our review of Metro Exodus when it is released on February 15th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.