Deep Silver and have announced that the digital PC version of Metro Exodus is now exclusive to the Epic Games Store. Anyone who has pre-ordered the game via another store (i.e. Steam) will still get their copy, but new purchasers can only get the game from Epic.
The reason seems pretty clear: money. Epic take a much smaller cut of a games sold via their store.
“We are delighted to partner with Epic to bring the digital PC version of Metro Exodus to market,” said Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO at Deep Silver. “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.”
The previous Metro games will also be heading to the Epic store later this year.
On the other side of the table, Steam added a rather dejected sounding statement to the Steam page:
Notice: 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.
UPDATE: THQ have stated that the decision to move to Epic was that of Koch Media, not THQ. Although THQ own Koch they are run independently.
The decision to publish Metro Exodus as a timed Epic Store exclusive was made entirely on Koch Media’s side as Metro is their intellectual property. They are a sister company of THQ Nordic (Vienna), which is the reason why we can and will not comment on this matter. We do
— THQ Nordic (@THQNordic) January 29, 2019