Published: Wed, January 30, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Epic Games Store steals another high profile title from Steam

Epic Games Store steals another high profile title from Steam

Epic Games and Deep Silver today announced in a blog post that they've formed a partnership, meaning the digital version of Metro Exodus on PC will now be an Epic Games Store exclusive.

You can pre-order the Standard and Gold Editions on the Epic Store now. Orders on the platform are still available (for now) and will be honoured come the release date, and any future DLCs or expansions for Exodus will also be made available to Steam users.

Deep Silver's decision is even more surprising given that Metro Exodus is releasing next month - pre-orders have been available on Steam since the game was first unveiled. THQ Nordic said it had no comments to make about the deal, but did briefly clarify its position on timed exclusives in general. In a statement published on the Metro Exodus store page, Steam called the decision "unfair" and apologized to customers who were anticipating the game's release.

We should see more games from Deep Silver cross over to the Epic 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. Customers in the U.S. who buy Metro Exodus from Epic will pay $50, a full $10 discount over the Steam price.

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"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", Deep Silver CEO Klemens Kundratitz said in the company's announcement on Monday. As a new challenger, the Epic Games store takes just 12 percent - and that reduced revenue seems to directly correlate to Deep Silver lowering the price on the Epic store.

And, as you'd expect, The Division 2 will also be available on Ubisoft's own online store, which makes it clear that Epic's deals are about denying Steam rather than keeping everything to itself.

Physical copies of games have shipped with digital keys for a long time, so it's not a surprise that Exodus - which will take up about 53GB of space on Xbox One and 59GB on PC, although the initial download is likely to be less than that - isn't shipping with a physical disc.

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