The Epic Games store seems like it was custom built to take on Steam, and the fledgling platform has been securing a steady stream of PC exclusive games since its. Now, those exclusivity deals seem to be getting to Valve. Developer Deep Silver recently announced that, despite having been available for preorder on Steam for quite some time, first-person shooter Metro Exodus would be an Epic Games store exclusive. Valve is calling the title’s new exclusivity “unfair.”
The reaction was posted to the game’s Steam store page on Monday. Specifically, Valve says “the decision to remove the game is unfair to Steam customers, especially after a long presale period.” Customers who preordered the game from Valve will still be able to access the game and future DLC on Steam after it launches on Feb. 15, but sales for new customers will be discontinued later today.
Valve’s frustration is understandable. Not only is the game being removed from its distribution platform, but it’s also being sold for less on the Epic Games Store. Customers in the US who buy Metro Exodus from Epic will pay $50, a full $10 discount over the Steam price. It’s a price reduction that speaks directly to how Epic Games is luring developers to its platform: Valve takes a 30 percent cut of all sales on Steam. 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.
“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. “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.”
Deep Silver says games purchased through third-party key seller stores like Humble Bundle will be honored too, but the specifics are still unclear. Humble Bundle’s page for the game is currently not accepting new orders, but still specifies that gamers will need a Steam account to access the game. Humble confirmed to Techhnews that it’s working with Deep Silver to ensure customers get the game on release, but declined to comment further on the situation. Valve did not immediately responded to a request for comment.
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