Following the controversial decision to drop a Steam release for Metro Exodus in lieu of an Epic Games Store-exclusive one, fans were understandably frustrated. A recent kerfuffle has thrown gasoline on the fire, and Deep Silver has responded to clear the air.
First, a user by the name of “Scynet” is marked as being a 4A Games developer (as a level designer) commented on the Russian gaming forum Gameru said if the PC version is boycotted and sells poorly, the developer will abandon the platform in future releases of the franchise.
“The recent decision to move Metro Exodus from Steam to the Epic Game Store was made by Koch Media / Deep Silver alone.
The recent comments made by a member of the 4A Games development team do not reflect Deep Silver’s or 4A Games’ view on the future of the franchise. They do reflect the hurt and disappointment of a passionate individual who has seen what was previously nothing but positive goodwill towards his work turn to controversy due to a business decision he had no control over. We respectfully ask that any and all valid feedback over this decision is directed at Koch Media / Deep Silver, and not the developers at 4A Games.
The future release strategy of the Metro series lies with Koch Media / Deep Silver. Our decision to partner with Epic Games was based on the goal of investing in the future of the series and our development partner at 4A Games. We have every intention of continuing this franchise, and a PC version will always be at the heart of our plans.”
The outrage from fans regarding the game only coming to the Epic Game Store prompted them to review bombing the entire series on Steam. Following this, Epic Games confirmed they’re giving developers the option to have users reviews.
Further more, Metro series creator Dmitry Glukhovsky stated earlier that he “did not have an impression that Steam gives a shit,” and that he thinks “Epic will [do] everything to help.”
In case you missed it, you can find our thorough hands-on preview for the game here.
As of this time of writing, Metro Exodus will be launching February 15th for Windows PC (via Epic Games Store), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Expect our review for the game soon.