Earlier this week, writer Deep Silver introduced it should provide the PC model of Metro Exodus solely by means of the Epic Games Store–a transfer that Valve, the corporate behind Steam, decried as “unfair.” Deep Silver mum or dad firm THQ Nordic GmbH tried to distance itself from the controversial choice, and now its mum or dad company–THQ Nordic AB–has issued a response in help of the transfer.
Following the announcement that Metro Exodus could be skipping Steam, THQ Nordic took to Twitter to elucidate it had no involvement within the choice. “The decision to publish Metro Exodus as a timed Epic Store exclusive was made entirely on Koch Media’s side as Metro is their intellectual property. They are a sister company of THQ Nordic (Vienna), which is the reason why we can and will not comment on this matter,” the corporate wrote.
In a follow-up tweet, THQ Nordic mentioned: “We do not want to categorically exclude the possibility of timed exclusives for any of our games in the future, but speaking in the here and now, we definitely want to have the players choose the platform of their liking and make our portfolio available to as many outlets as possible.”
Now, THQ Nordice AB, which owns THQ Nordic GmbH, launched a press release of its personal supporting Deep Silver’s choice. “I believe it’s in the group’s, and ultimately the consumers’, best interest that business decisions are made close to the market and this is the group’s consistent business model,” CEO Lars Wingefors mentioned. “I firmly believe that Deep Silver and Koch Media have carefully considered the advantages and disadvantages, opportunities and risks in their decision to go solely with Epic Games Store. The decision has my full support.”
Metro Exodus was obtainable to pre-order on Steam earlier than Deep Silver determined to carry it solely to the Epic Games Store, and whereas it’s now not obtainable on Valve’s storefront, any Steam pre-orders will nonetheless be honored. According to Deep Silver CEO Klemens Kundratitz, Epic’s extra interesting income split–the storefront offers builders 88% of their income whereas Epic solely takes 12%–was one of many deciding elements behind the transfer.
“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,” Kundratitz mentioned. Indeed, within the US, the PC model of Metro Exodus will retail for $50–$10 cheaper than the $60 price ticket the sport carried on Steam whereas it was nonetheless obtainable.
Metro Exodus is not the one huge recreation skipping Steam solely. Ubisoft lately announced that The Division 2 will likewise solely be obtainable by means of the Epic Games Store, along with its personal storefront.