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Metro Exodus Removed From Steam; Now Exclusive to Epic Games Store

Metro Exodus ditches Steam for Epic Games store, Valve calls it 'unfair' Metro Exodus will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store on PC, and it'll cost $50
Emmett Howard | 30 January, 2019, 17:00

The announcement of exclusivity will likely come as a bit of a surprise for gamers.

The news comes not long after Valve's public complaint about publisher Deep Silver's decision to remove Exodus from Steam - a decision 4A Games confirmed was taken by the publisher, and not themselves.

The publisher assured players in the announcement that all pre-orders through Steam or other digital retailers will be honored when the game launches on February 15. "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".

Epic revealed its storefront last month, which gives developers a larger revenue split that Steam, taking only 12% as opposed to Valve's 30%.

Both the Standard and Gold Editions can now be pre-ordered through the Epic Games Store at prices lower than the Steam versions.

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Although it's not clear about the others, technically Metro Exodus is a timed exclusive. THQ Nordic, which acquired Koch Media and Metro publisher Deep Silver in 2018, says the decision to sell the post-apocalyptic shooter exclusively on Epic's platform was Koch Media's, but it isn't completely ruling out similar deals for other games. Epic Games and Deep Silver put out the following joint statement. Any game purchased within the last 14 days can be automatically refunded, if you have played for two hours or less, but pre-orders can be canceled no matter how long ago you paid for your reservation, as long as you do so before the game is released.

While the deal itself is notable as being the second big-name title Epic has poached from Steam in recent weeks, it's interesting to see Koch's parent company distance itself from the move.

For those who have placed pre-orders on Steam, you'll be able to get the game as promised.

As well as PC, Metro Exodus will be released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO at Deep Silver, explains that "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".

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