What has become a trend of late is to see several popular upcoming releases jumping ship to the Epic Games Store since it launched (like The Division 2 for example). The reason for this is quite simple, publishers are receiving much more profit from every sale on Epic’s platform. Next in line is Metro Exodus.
Steam will honour those who have pre-ordered the game on their platform, but if you’ve not pre-ordered the game on Steam and plan to play it on release day on PC, you’ll have to move over to Epic’s store to purchase it. Here is what Epic Games CEO, Tim Sweeney, had to say:
Metro Exodus is amazing and is deservedly one of the most anticipated PC titles of 2019. We are partnering with Deep Silver to launch Metro Exodus, underpinned by Epic’s marketing support and commitment to offering an 88% revenue split, enabling game creators to further reinvest in building great games and improving the economics of game stores for everybody.
Steam responded with this message on their page, once the news broke:
Later today, sales of Metro Exodus will be discontinued on Steam due to a publisher
decisionto 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.
The revenue split is obviously quite a big deal for development studios, so expect more of these news pieces to appear in 2019. It seems that, like console gamers, PC gamers will have to get accustomed to these timed-exclusive deals now too.