Deep Silver and Epic have announced a partnership to bring Metro Exodus exclusively to Epic Store. Steam users who pre-ordered the upcoming post-apocalyptic shooter will still be able to access the game and any future DLCs trough Steam.
Deep Silver have decided to change the distribution platform for their upcoming shooter Metro Exodus just weeks before the official release date. The publisher is partnering with Epic Games to launch the Metro trilogy finale exclusively on Epic Store.
This means that Metro Exodus is getting removed from Steam but those who pre-ordered the game on Valve's platform will be able to access it once it launches.
"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," as noted on the Metro Exodus Steam page.
In the same message, Valve didn't hide their disappointment with Deep Silver's decision. "We think the decision to remove the game is unfair to Steam customers, especially after a long pre-sale period," Valve writes in their statement.
They also apologised to Steam users and mentioned that 4A Games and Deep Silver failed to notify them of their decision sooner and only recently informed them of the partnership.
On the other side, the founder and CEO of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney was delighted to welcome Metro Exodus to Epic Store. “Metro Exodus is amazing and is deservedly one of the most anticipated PC titles of 2019,” Sweeney said. He also mentioned the importance of Epic's 88 per cent revenue split which looks to be a key factor in their battle with Steam.
"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," Sweeney concluded.
Deep Silver's CEO Klemens Kundratitz said that Epic's revenue terms were game-changing in their decision to switch distribution platforms.
"Epic’s generous revenue terms are a game changer that will allow publishers to invest more into content creation, or pass on savings to the players," Kundratitz said and added that Deep Silver's partnership with Epic will allow them to invest more into the future of Metro the franchise.
You can read the full statement from Deep Silver and Epic Games on Metro Exodus' website.