The digital PC release of Metro Exodus will launch exclusively on the Epic Games Store, Deep Silver and Epic Games announced Monday.
The shift in storefronts means that the Epic Games Store will be the sole digital distributor of Metro Exodus on PC, and will soon no longer be available for purchase on Steam. Furthermore, the standard edition of the game is now priced at $49.99 USD, which is a $10 price drop compared to the price of the Steam version. The Epic Games Store features an 88/12 revenue split in favor of developers, which Deep Silver CEO Klemens Kundratitz highlighted in a statement.
“We are delighted to partner with Epic to bring the digital PC version of Metro Exodus to market,” Kundratitz said in a press release. “Epic’s generous revenue terms are a game changer that will allow publishers to invest more into content creation, or pass on savings to the players. By teaming up with Epic we will be able to invest more into the future of Metro and our ongoing partnership with series developer 4A Games, to the benefit of our Metro fans.”
Metro Exodus, which is set for release on February 15, is the latest coup for Epic Games’ slowly expanding storefront. Since launching in December 2018, Epic Games has touted its 88/12 revenue split to lure over developers from its competitotrs. Earlier this month, Ubisoft announced that The Division 2 would launch on the Epic Games Store in March alongside its Uplay release.
“Metro Exodus is amazing and is deservedly one of the most anticipated PC titles of 2019,” Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney said in a statement. “We are partnering with Deep Silver to launch Metro Exodus, underpinned by Epic’s marketing support and commitment to offering an 88% revenue split, enabling game creators to further reinvest in building great games and improving the economics of game stores for everybody.”
Metro Exodus has been available for purchase on digital storefronts, including Steam, for some time, and Epic clarified that pre-orders of the game made on other platforms will still be honored. As of writing, Metro Exodus is still available for purchase on Steam, but the following statement has been posted above the pre-order options:
“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.”
In addition to Metro Exodus, Deep Silver plans to release Metro 2033: Redux and Metro: Last Light on the Epic Games Store later this year.
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