After a year of timed exclusivity on the Epic Games Store, Metro Exodus finally hit Steam today, although the exact timing depends on where you are. So, better late than never? Or are the masses still angry over Deep Silver's move?
Metro Exodus' Twitter page posted the announcement that Saturday is the day, i.e. 15 February 2020, with the following release times:
- 00:00 ET
- 5:00 GMT / UTC
- 6:00 CET
- 6:00 AEDT
4A Games also wrote, "Those of you that have been waiting, thank you for your passion and patience", although that didn't seem to go well with some of their Twitter followers.
Granted, it's not hard to see how many of them came to see Metro Exodus' departure from Steam a betrayal. Some of these players have been avid fans of the Metro franchise and they got to play all of them on Steam, whereas the latest and arguably greatest instalment went elsewhere.
And not only did Metro Exodus make the switch to the Epic Games Store, it did so just a few weeks prior to the expected launch, which undoubtedly left a bitter taste in the mouth of many fans.
Now, we're not opposed to competition, as it tends to make any ecosystem a more level playing field, but it's undeniable that such short notice was a real kick in the teeth. It's only unfortunate that the ire was directed to all the wrong recipients - the developer, who had nothing to do with the decision, and Epic's store, which made an offer that could've been easily refused.
If, however, you're one of those that will play the game nevertheless, you'll find that Metro Exodus is one gorgeous and immersive experience, made all the more beautiful by leaving of the claustrophobic tunnels the earlier instalments were set in.