Steam Calls Metro Exodus Launching On Epic Games Store “Unfair”
Metro Exodus launches in less than a month. The game has some incredibly deep weapon customization system and story arcs. It takes place in gruesome but beautiful wasteland, and it looks like a potential Game of the Year contender. Unfortunately for Steam users, their wait will extend beyond February 15, and Valve is not pleased.
Earlier today, Deep Silver announced that Metro Exodus would start off as an exclusive PC title on the Epic Games Store. Not many games have made this decision as Steam remains the preeminent digital distributor. However, Steam made it abundantly clear that they did not approve of Deep Silver’s choice. Here’s their full statement:
“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.”
Deep Silver made sure to mention that they will make Metro Exodus available to Steam users who preordered the title on day one. Deep Silver and 4A Games may have angered Valve, but they have no intention of disappointing their truest fans.
Steam players are understandably angry. They’re fully accustom to having every major title ready and accessible from day 1. The Steam store contains more titles than any other site, yet the biggest triple-A games dominate the market. Steam users crave those titles and expect them on launch day. Metro Exodus would have joined those best-sellers. Normal Steam users will have to look elsewhere if they want to play on day one.
But Steam getting upset because someone else created competition? Come on. That is the definition of hypocrisy. Valve has run roughshod over other game distribution sites for years. They distribute over 30,000 games. Every developer flocked their way to create the most exposure. Now Valve is publicly complaining about a little bit of competition.
Maybe they view Epic Games as a legitimate threat to their crown, unlike Discord. Maybe they panicked after looking at their declining user numbers. Or maybe they’re simply tone-deaf. Whatever the case may be, it will be interesting to see how Steam responds to a potential usurper. If anyone has the resources to take on Valve, it’s almost certainly Epic Games.
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Drew is a freelance writer for DFTG. He's the former Managing Editor of Haogamers and has been published in the Chicago Tribune and The Paragon Journal. He also edited the novel Three Brightnesses and Artist Journey: Rachta Lin (2016 and 2017 editions).