Monday, January 28th 2019

Metro Exodus Ditches Steam for Epic Games Store as Timed Exclusive

Metro Exodus is an upcoming post-apocalyptic first-person shooter that could be a trilogy finale. Just weeks ahead of its launch on the PC platform, 4A Games made a groundbreaking announcement: that the game will not be available to order on Steam, at least from tomorrow through Feb 14, 2020, and that its PC version will be an Epic Games Store timed exclusive. The game will launch at USD $49.99 in North America, and 59.95€ in the EU.

Pre-order sales of the game have stopped on Steam, however, those who bought the pre-order on Steam have the option of either receiving the game upon launch, or canceling their pre-order for a full refund. Those who choose to stick to Steam will get their game as usual, including update patches, and support on Steam Community. Epic Games Store is vacuuming game studios in droves due to a favorable revenue sharing deal compared to Steam, when lets developers keep 88 percent of the sales.
Source: Polygon
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153 Comments on Metro Exodus Ditches Steam for Epic Games Store as Timed Exclusive

#1
Lightning
Steam
Later today, sales of Metro Exodus will be discontinued on Steam due to a publisher decision to make the game exclusive to another PC store.
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.
We think the decision to remove the game is unfair to Steam customers, especially after a long pre-sale period. 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.

Killing one channel with millions of possible buyers for a bit more money per sale from a way smaller market (Epic Game store).
Marketing 9000+.
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#2
diatribe
One less sale I guess. Too bad, I wanted to give it a play through. But there's no way I'm adding any more launchers on my machine.
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#3
yakk
Companies buying exclusivity (monopoly) always ends up expensive for the consumer long term.
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#4
the54thvoid
yakk said:
Companies buying exclusivity (monopoly) always ends up expensive for the consumer long term.
Yes, destroy the competition then once there is no other alternative, raise prices significantly.
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#5
Joss
One less customer here.
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#6
Lightofhonor
You could say they are leading the EXODUS from Steam?


I'll see myself out.
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#7
R0H1T
the54thvoid said:
Yes, destroy the competition then once there is no other alternative, raise prices significantly.
Sounds like every monopoly or wannabe monopolist ever :shadedshu:
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#8
nickbaldwin86
this is the world they are forcing us to live in these days :(

Why cant we just pick the game up from any platform that could run it. I mean I know it would be weird if it was open to EA (Origin) but Steam is level playing, or should be.


I wish I would have preordered, I don't ever but if I would have known this I would have just so all Metro games were on Steam.
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#9
UrbanCamper
As of right now it is still available on Steam. Supposedly, if you buy before the change over(later today) you will still be able to access through Steam.

As a side note a company called Tencent Holdings Limited owns 48% of Epic games. It is a Chinese company and is the largest gaming company in the world. They also handle the majority of money transactions for gaming in China. not sure how that shakes out with Epic.

I just got it on Steam.
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#10
AusWolf
One more bloatware on my PC for just one game. I love the Metro series, but I think I'll say "thanks, but no thanks" this time. Sad.
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#11
human_error
I bet this will be a timed exclusive to maximize the number of gamers buying it from Epic before making it available on steam a little later on to sell to gamers who only want it on steam.

I'm hoping that all of this is going to push Valve to be more price competitive for developers. Valve are not wanting for money but the question is where does the loss of revenue from game sales on other stores overtake the loss of revenue they'd get by lowering their fee for all games on steam.
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#12
silentbogo
Here we go, one more game I'll never get to enjoy.
At least they will fulfill their obligations for steam pre-orders.
The only way I will switch to Epic Store, is if they get at least half as many games as Valve. So far, having Division 2 and Metro Exodus under the belt can hardly be a reason for me (or anyone else) to even download the installer. There's like 2 dozen games, third of which isn't even out yet, third of which are free, and another third is small indie crap, that Epic will give away for free until there's nothing to give away.

UrbanCamper said:
As a side note a company called Tencent Holdings Limited owns 48% of Epic games.
That's good to know. I wasn't aware of that, but it makes sense now (Tencent OP making indirect move on western market).
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#13
yakk
UrbanCamper said:
As a side note a company called Tencent Holdings Limited owns 48% of Epic games. It is a Chinese company and is the largest gaming company in the world. They also handle the majority of money transactions for gaming in China. not sure how that shakes out with Epic.
Tencent bought into many platforms in recent years with games like League of Legends. Looks like they are really targeting Valve with Steam & Dota2.
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#14
Gasaraki
Great... I can see the reason but customers will now have to install ANOTHER client.

It looks like people on here love the Steam monopoly.
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#16
AusWolf
From the FAQ on Steam:
"Will Metro Exodus ever return to Steam?
Yes - Metro Exodus will return to Steam and on other store fronts after 14th February 2020."
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#17
8tyone
Good move, I will support 4A Games no matter what!
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#18
lynx29
Lightning said:
Killing one channel with millions of possible buyers for a bit more money per sale from a way smaller market (Epic Game store).
Marketing 9000+.
I don't blame them, EPic Games probably offered them so much money they can all retire tomorrow if they want. This was more a direct attack on Steam from Epic than it was about this particular game. Gotta survive in this world, take the money and run baby.

Also, I believe some if not all Epic contracts lately state, "if x game does not sell x amount of copies in x amount of time, we will refund you the difference" so its a no risk situation.

that fortnite money is unstoppable baby. and quite frankly steam's 30% margin shares are outdated, it made sense when box game sales were taking 60% margin shares and steam undercut them... now its all digital and steam has someone undercutting them. this is good for everyone imo, this will eventually force gabes hand - and companies will get more money in their pocket allowing them to make more games or hire more people for better quality games, alternatively, companies can sell games on steam and epic games and just pro-rate the price, if you want to pay $10 to steam for the community then do it, but if you want to pay less then buy it off epicgames. i suppose that is also a fair idea. would be interesting to see who would win, indie games would prob win on epic, AAA still on steam, but who knows.
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#19
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
Bad news for Steam is that the Epic store pre order is $49.99. That’s a full $10 cheaper.

GOG so far has 1,203 people signed into the community wishlist for Exodus.
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#20
lynx29
AusWolf said:
From the FAQ on Steam:
"Will Metro Exodus ever return to Steam?
Yes - Metro Exodus will return to Steam and on other store fronts after 14th February 2020."
seems like such a bad publicity to allow this, lol. loads of bad publicity all for 16 days of a sale window? unless they check they wrote was massive... which im sure it was, this is a huge mistake...
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#21
ab3e
Lets all be serious now and accept the fact that Steam has done nothing to improve the platform for years. STEAM literally prints money and they invested none of it back into the platform. Not to mention the shady games and cash grabs that can be launched on the platform with almost no oversight. Let them feel a bit of pressure, as for me I don't care I will support 4A games because developers like them deserve our support now more then ever. All all of you victims out there that cannot install another launcher I hope you will be able to survive this 1st world problem, pathetic, bunch of depressed sad space monkeys. You think STEAM gives a damn about you.... refund policy arrived years after public outcry only when Australia sued their lazy asses and won and the EU was breathing down their neck they finally caved. And you all defend STEAM, pathetic and sad.
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#22
lynx29
ab3e said:
Lets all be serious now and accept the fact that Steam has done nothing to improve the platform for years. STEAM literally prints money and they invested none of it back into the platform. Not to mention the shady games and cash grabs that can be launched on the platform with almost no oversight. Let them feel a bit of pressure, as for me I don't care I will support 4A games because developers like them deserve our support now more then ever. All all of you victims out there that cannot install another launcher I hope you will be able to survive this 1st world problem, pathetic, bunch of depressed sad space monkeys. You think STEAM gives a damn about you.... refund policy arrived years after public outcry only when Australia sued their lazy asses and won and the EU was breathing down their neck they finally caved. And you all defend STEAM, pathetic and sad.
lets not forget steam was the first one to require client login drm for exclusive games LOL but gabe is a god now so we all must worship him and forget the double standard, lol
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#23
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
I took a look at the Epic Store. They so far are the only ones listing Rbel Galaxy: Outlaw, a prequel to Rebel Galaxy. Epic might be worth looking at is all I am saying, for those not 100% committed to GOG or Steam.
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#24
lynx29
rtwjunkie said:
I took a look at the Epic Store. They so far are the only ones listing Rbel Galaxy: Outlaw, a prequel to Rebel Galaxy. Epic might be worth looking at is all I am saying, for those not 100% committed to GOG or Steam.
i use every client out there personally, never had an issue. epic games has already given me 2 free games i intended to buy at some point lol, sure why not. this is capitalism baby and gabe needs to learn that the 30% model is outdated, it wasn't ten years ago, but it is now. time to compete.
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#25
INSTG8R
My Custom Title
rtwjunkie said:
I took a look at the Epic Store. They so far are the only ones listing Rbel Galaxy: Outlaw, a prequel to Rebel Galaxy. Epic might be worth looking at is all I am saying, for those not 100% committed to GOG or Steam.
Whichh I REALLY WANT! :love:
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