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

#51
SN2716057
"The game will launch at USD $49.99 in North America, and €59.95 in the EU. "

Wow, I'll wait when the game cost 5 euro..on gog.
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#52
yakk
FordGT90Concept said:
I highly doubt there's any exclusivity agreement involved. Epic Games Store simply makes an offer that makes everyone else look like highway robbery (and it's true, really). Costs to distribute games are constantly falling but the amount distributors ask for does not. It's past due time for that to change. Developers/publishers deserve a bigger share.
I'm all for lower prices to consumers, also curious what initiatives Valve may close down in order to cut costs and offer a comparable service to grea competition.
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#53
INSTG8R
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TheOne said:
Epic is definitely a developer first store.
Except the Launcher is nothing but a glorified storefront. I actually had to check if it even had a friend list. Well...yeah it wanted to access my Steam and my Facebook...GTFOH! Steam has an entire backbone not just a storefront, Community Hubs, Friends list that makes it effortless to play with friends. Workshop support to make game mods easier to access. I mean Steam has it all, Epic has nothing...
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#54
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
yakk said:
I'm all for lower prices to consumers, also curious what initiatives Valve may close down in order to cut costs and offer a comparable service to grea competition.
They already make more than the competition via their marketplace/microtransactions which GOG/Epic Games Store don't offer.

INSTG8R said:
Except the Launcher is nothing but a glorified storefront. I actually had to check if it even had a friend list. Well...yeah it wanted to access my Steam and my Facebook...GTFOH! Steam has an entire backbone not just a storefront, Community Hubs, Friends list that makes it effortless to play with friends. Workshop support to make game mods easier to access. I mean Steam has it all, Epic has nothing...
Most people have moved to an agnostic platform like Discord. I honestly get a little annoyed when someone contacts me via Steam because it's very in-your-face.

Steam workshop is something that costs developers money to implement.
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#55
INSTG8R
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FordGT90Concept said:
Most people have moved to an agnostic platform like Discord.
Ford you know damn well we’re on both ;) Discord is also trying their hand in this too.
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#56
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
Game sales is a side feature in Discord rather than main. Discord has a better distribution price structure than Epic Games Store does but it's surprisingly not gaining much traction, especially compared to Epic Games Store.
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#57
INSTG8R
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FordGT90Concept said:
Discord isn't gaining traction like Epic Games Store is though and it's a side feature rather than main.
I agree it’s mainly social hub/VOIP app.
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#58
TheOne
INSTG8R said:
Except the Launcher is nothing but a glorified storefront. I actually had to check if it even had a friend list. Well...yeah it wanted to access my Steam and my Facebook...GTFOH! Steam has an entire backbone not just a storefront, Community Hubs, Friends list that makes it effortless to play with friends. Workshop support to make game mods easier to access. I mean Steam has it all, Epic has nothing...
They are still working on features for the Store, though any changes will be designed so the developers will come first, like the opt-in review system they are working on.

Also am I the only one who thinks it's funny that Sweeney thinks it is ok to force people to use his store?
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#59
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
TheOne said:
Also am I the only one who thinks it's funny that Sweeney thinks it is ok to force people to use his store?
Who is being forced?

What I hear here are a bunch of first world complainers. None of this is a real issue in this world. People should really step back and listen to themselves.
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#60
INSTG8R
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rtwjunkie said:
Who is being forced?

What I hear here are a bunch of first world complainers. None of this is a real issue in this world. People should really step back and listen to themselves.
I literally have ALL of them...but Epic is really sparse but the Bethesda one is pretty sparse too.
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#61
TheOne
rtwjunkie said:
Who is being forced?

What I hear here are a bunch of first world complainers. None of this is a real issue in this world. People should really step back and listen to themselves.
If a game you want on the PC is locked behind their storefront, then you are forced to abandon it or use their storefront.

Which is funny since Sweeney has been attacking Microsoft for years over walled gardens.
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#62
MonsterMawd
Gabe can simply match Epic's offer. Instead he cries that it's unfair to the Media, so people turn on the developer.

How about Gabe goes back to making great games instead of crying?

If you're a fan of the series, you'll support the developer. If not, then don't.
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#64
B-Real
diatribe said:
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.
Have you read the whole news?

"that the game will not be available to order on Steam, at least from tomorrow through Feb 14, 2020" So you will probably be able to still pre-order it on Steam 1 day before its release - if you want to.
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#65
Markosz
$49.99 in NA
59.95€ in the EU

What? That's 37% more converted to my local currency. Doesn't make sense, isn't it mixed up?
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#67
TheGuruStud
TheOne said:
Epic is definitely a developer first store.
I remember when valve made games lol. I didn't think they'd get this lazy and just scrooge mcduck all that cash. Sad times.
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#68
B-Real
Markosz said:
$49.99 in NA
59.95€ in the EU

What? That's 37% more converted to my local currency. Doesn't make sense, isn't it mixed up?
In Hungary, retail price of Metro Exodus PC is about 25-30% lower than the average price of physical editions - 12000 Ft compared to 16000-17000 Ft of other AAA game prices. Check your retail store prices too. You may have the same situation in your country.
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#69
FYFI13
I'm definitely not going to support yet another game store nor use another launcher. Even though I am a big fan of Metro series.
How do i even know they don't get bankrupt in a year and then my games will be lost. Steam was here for ages and i trust it. Not to mention functionality.
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#70
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
TheOne said:
If a game you want on the PC is locked behind their storefront, then you are forced to abandon it or use their storefront.

Which is funny since Sweeney has been attacking Microsoft for years over walled gardens.
You completely missed my point. No one is “forcing” you to do anything. What you have are First-World problems that pale in comparison to just about anything. Everything you do with gaming is a luxury.
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#71
TheGuruStud
FYFI13 said:
I'm definitely not going to support yet another game store nor use another launcher. Even though I am a big fan of Metro series.
How do i even know they don't get bankrupt in a year and then my games will be lost. Steam was here for ages and i trust it. Not to mention functionality.
WUT? Epic has been around longer than valve. And that's the risk you take with any online service. Games can be removed at ANY time and you're SOL.
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#72
etayorius
TheGuruStud said:
This is clearly how you make valve bend. If everyone starts jumping ship, then they'll have to lower prices. Steam markup is the same as apple, insane.
What is Steam doing to hurt you as a customer? why is people worrying about devs not getting "enough" for each sale?
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#73
TheGuruStud
etayorius said:
What is Steam doing to hurt you as a customer? why is people worrying about devs not getting "enough" for each sale?
Go away meat shielder.
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#74
etayorius
TheGuruStud said:
Go away meat shielder.
LOL!! nice debate. Which means you got nothing to debate but defend this dick move from both Epic and Deep Silver. In my eyes you're as much of a tool as you think i am for Steam. You're no better lolol
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#75
TheGuruStud
etayorius said:
LOL!! nice debate. Which means you got nothing to debate but defend this dick move from both Epic and Deep Silver. In my eyes you're as much of a tool as you think i am for Steam. You're no better lolol
Competing is a dick move? Yeah, um, like I said. You're a shill. Bye.
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