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Two Weeks Before Release, Metro Exodus Is Now An Epic Games Store Timed Exclusive On PC
Just two weeks before Metro Exodus before release, it was announced that the PC version will launch on Epic Games Store as a timed exclusive. This is despite the fact that the game was available for pre-orders on Steam for some time before.
However, all pre-orders on Steam will be honoured, so there will still be a version of Metro Exodus on Steam, but only for those pre-ordered. In addition, all updates and DLC will also be arriving on Steam and those that owned the standard edition can buy these DLCs on Steam.
As mentioned In an FAQ on the Steam Store page, Metro Exodus will be available on Steam on other stores after February 14th 2020. So it’s a one-year timed exclusive on the Epic Games Store
In response, the Steam Store page has a message from Valve that reads as follows:
“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.”
Epic Games Store has a very big revenue share making it attractive to game publishers to put their games there. Though Epic has also been pushing the exclusivity deal by getting big games like The Division 2 to be exclusive on their storefront.
Both Valve (owners of Steam) and Epic have to put up some fight to keep the PC gamers happy. Competition is good yet Epic is still lacking some features, like regional pricing in Southeast Asia.
Meanwhile, many PC gamers are loyal to the one defacto storefront that is Steam. But now it is having issues with curation and promoting visibility for good games.
The PC storefront wars have never been hotter.
Metro Exodus will be out on February 15th for the PS4, PC (Epic Games Store) and Xbox One.