Metro Exodus returns to Steam next weekend, Epic Games Store timed exclusivity ends

Metro Exodus’ time as an Epic Games Store exclusive is coming to an end, as the game is heading to Steam on 15th February, exactly one year after its original release. Anyone that’s been holding off on buying the game for this reason will now be able to purchase it from their preferred storefront.

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One of the biggest talking points over the last year and a half has been the timed exclusivity periods that Epic Games have been securing for their burgeoning digital PC games store. Founded in December 2018, Epic sought to attract developers with promises that they would take a smaller cut of the profits, but then also threw their financial weight around by paying for timed exclusives. Metro Exodus was one of the first high profile games to sign, the announcement coming just weeks before the game’s launch.

A big part of what raised gamers’ hackles was that Metro Exodus had been available for pre-order on Steam for several months, and it led to the following, very downtrodden statement from Steam.

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.

Of course, all pre-orders up to that point were actually honoured on Steam, it was new pre-orders and sales after launch that were halted through the platform. They’ve even released DLC on Steam alongside its availability for other platforms.

The counter-reaction and cries to boycott Epic Games Store games also never really landed. Metro Exodus game sales were up 50% on Last Last, and the Epic Games Store was its strongest digital platform. Even so, it always raises some people’s hackles when a new timed exclusive is announced.

If you have been holding off, hopefully the game ends up being worth the wait. Nicole gave it a glowing review, saying, “Metro Exodus provides an immersive FPS experience that marks a new milestone for the franchise. Its survival-horror, sandbox and shooter elements are remarkably well balanced, constituting an engaging and thrilling game that’ll leave you no stranger to a good jump scare. The once linear horror franchise has been reformed, introducing expansive environments to indulge in without derailing the narrative. Metro Exodus is a must play.”

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