In a proverbial sign of throwing down the gauntlet, Deep Silver and 4A Games have announced that their upcoming first-person shooter Metro Exodus will move from Steam to be an exclusive at the Epic Games Store. The game will launch on February 15th as intended, but Steam and GOG.com will no longer have distribution.
“Metro Exodus is amazing and is deservedly one of the most anticipated PC titles of 2019,” said Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic. “We are partnering with Deep Silver to launch Metro Exodus, underpinned by Epic’s marketing support and commitment to offering an 88 percent revenue split, enabling game creators to further reinvest in building great games and improving the economics of game stores for everybody.”
Don’t worry if you’ve already pre-ordered the game on those services. As with what happened with Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season Deep Silver has stated that “any customer with an outstanding pre-order for Metro Exodus on PC through any digital retailer will receive their game as expected.”
While you can technically still pre-order on Steam for today, the listing for the title has been removed from GOG.com. As an interesting note, the game’s price is listed at $49.99, which is $10 cheaper than the listing on Steam. This is most likely due to Epic’s 88/12 revenue split.
Both the regular and gold editions of Metro Exodus will be available for purchase on the Epic Games Store. As well, the previous Metro games will be added to the retailer later in 2019. No word on if the existing listings on GOG.com for those Metro games will remain on that service.
Metro Exodus will also be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.