Okay, now it seems as if 4A Games, Deep Silver, and whoever else has a say in where Metro Exodus launches, really want to stick it to Steam fans. Microsoft wasn't supposed to get it any earlier than the rest but something obviously changed.
According to the original plan, Metro Exodus was to stay an Epic Games Store exclusive until 2020, after which Deep Silver were free to launch it on GOG, Steam and Microsoft's Store, to name but a few.
Well, you can now scratch Microsoft off of that list, because the listing on their Store says Metro Exodus arrives just in time for their E3 appearance.
If we were to nitpick, sure - there is a theoretical chance Metro Exodus' date is just a coincidence, but years of pre-E3 coincidences and accidental leaks sort of disqualify it from being one.
Considering that Epic are the only one that can allow Metro Exodus to launch elsewhere, or at least we presume this is the case, this would mean that Epic's CEO Tim Sweeney is getting chummy with Microsoft on more than one front.
Microsoft are heading for one of their biggest E3 shows ever, lining up as much as 14 games from Xbox Game Studios, a 13-strong group that includes the developers of Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon, Gears of War, etc.
Rumours are swirling that Halo Infinite is among the games Microsoft will be presenting on E3, and same goes for Gears 5 by The Coalition.
The only thing lacking are Sony, whose development cadence and E3's evolution into a trade show with "very little trading " means that their Shakuhachi shredder has blown his last E3 note under PlayStation's flag.
As far as Microsoft's games offer goes, they confirmed that Gears 5 and Age of Empires will launch on Steam.
Unfortunately, we're not sure that Steam fans will like this decision very much, because if we didn't know better - we'd say it's an intentional jab. But we do, so we didn't.
You can find Metro Exodus' Microsoft Store page here .