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Koch Media won't rule out more Epic Games Store exclusive deals

Published: 16:20, 29 August 2019
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Metro Exodus

You may recall that Metro Exodus was the first game to switch from Steam to Epic Games Store's pastures a few weeks before launch, and even though Koch Media aren't ruling out more exclusivity deals, they concede it was handled poorly.

Koch Media is, of course, the owner of Deep Silver, who published the last sequel in 4A Games' Metro franchise, but the switch was made a few weeks prior to launch, after all the Steam pre-orders were milked dry, which ticked off many users.

Speaking to GamesIndustry at this year's Gamescom, Koch Media's CEO Klemens Kundratitz said, "We have a strong relationship with Epic and we continue to have a strong relationship with Steam as well. It's just a shame that we couldn't announce this collaboration earlier. That was not perfect."

It didn't take long for disgruntled fans to show their discontent but the Epic Games Store doesn't have customer reviews, so they did it by review bombing the remainder of Metro games on Steam.

Other than lamenting the timing of Metro Exodus' switch, Koch Media insist that they've made the right decision and that Epic's business model should be welcomed.

"We make mistakes as well but this wasn't a mistake. We need to embrace a digital partner that offers a much more compelling rev share model than anybody else, and I think they act as a role model for us and for other digital partners as well - a 70/30 split is quite frankly anachronistic", Kundratitz added.

That said, this does not mean Koch Media are abandoning Steam, not in the least. In fact, Iron Harvest, an upcoming real-time strategy whose publisher is also Deep Silver, will be launching on GabeN's platform and not the Epic Games Store.

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"We have many games on Steam, including many new releases like Iron Harvest. But I'm not ruling out to do an exclusive with Epic again", Kundratitz said, claiming that the Koch Media is "very happy with the commercial results so far".

You can find the full interview via GamesIndustry .

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