Yesterday, Deep Silver and Epic Games announced that the PC version of Metro Exodus will be an Epic Games Store exclusive until 2020. In response, Valve has called the deal “unfair to Steam customers”.
In a post to Metro Exodus’ Steam store page, Valve posted an announcement about the game’s status:
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.
Meanwhile, Deep Silver is also working to address concerns over their game’s migration. They’ve posted an FAQ on their Steam store’s page to answer people’s questions. Steam users who pre-ordered the game will still get it on Steam. In addition, any other DLC will be playable/purchasable on Steam for those who got the base game there. However, the fans are very displeased. Multiple comments below the FAQ depict two middle fingers in ASCII and the words “Deep Silver Epic Store”.
Metro Exodus isn’t the only game which is an Epic Games Store exclusive. Ashen, Hades, and Super Meat Boy Forever are all (currently) exclusive to the Epic Games Store.
Metro Exodus releases on the Epic Games Store February 15, 2019. It launches on Steam February 15, 2020.