Last month, Epic Games announced a new digital games storefront to compete with the likes of Steam. Epic is offering developers a higher revenue share than Steam and waiving all royalty fees for Unreal games published on the platform. Weeks later, Ubisoft announced that The Division 2 would skip Steam in favor of the Epic Games Store.
Epic just scored another major win today as publisher Deep Silver announced that they’d be following suit with Metro Exodus. This came as a shock to Valve, as they’ve been advertising the game for quite some time and even accepting pre-orders. In response, Valve issued on a statement on the game’s page calling the move “unfair to Steam customers.”
Deep Silver also announced that they’re discounting it from the previously listed $60 price tag to $50. Deep Silver CEO Klemens Kundratitz hinted that this price drop is due to Epic’s more generous profit-sharing policies.
“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.”
— Klemens Kundratitz
All of the companies involved have reached an agreement that allows anyone who pre-ordered the game on Steam to receive their copy on that platform as planned, but no more pre-orders will be accepted, and the game will not launch on Steam this year. The digital PC version of the game will remain an Epic Games Store exclusive until at least 2020.