It's safe to say that Fortnite developer Epic Games means business with their digital store, as not only have they already introduced the likes of The Walking Dead's final season to the platform, but now we have the news that Deep Silver and 4A Games' Metro Exodus is landing exclusively on the Epic Store when it launches on PC.
The game will cost $49.99 USD (€59.99, with no GBP price provided) for the Standard Edition, which you can pre-purchase alongside the Gold Edition right now. All pre-orders include the soundtrack and The World of Metro digital art book, and what's more is that anyone with an outstanding pre-order through digital retailers will "receive their game as expected."
"Metro Exodus is amazing and is deservedly one of the most anticipated PC titles of 2019," said Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic. "We are partnering with Deep Silver to launch Metro Exodus, underpinned by Epic's marketing support and commitment to offering an 88% revenue split, enabling game creators to further reinvest in building great games and improving the economics of game stores for everybody."
"We are delighted to partner with Epic to bring the digital PC version of Metro Exodus to market," added Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO at Deep Silver. "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."
If you need reminding, Metro Exodus lands on February 15 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and Deep Silver will also be bringing Metro 2033 and Last Light in their Redux editions to the Epic Store later this year too.
That's not all though, as Valve has responded to the decision after losing the game from Steam. On the official page for the game we get a statement that assures fans that all prior sales on Steam will be fulfilled here, as well as access to future updates and DLC. What's perhaps more telling is the last paragraph that reveals their thoughts on the matter though:
"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."
Either way, it's a big move by Epic, and might be indicative of what's to come. We already know companies like Double Damage see Epic as setting "a new standard" with their 88/12 revenue split, which Double Damage compared to Steam's 70/30 option. With Discord's store upping this to 90/10, we may even see this platform wade into the mix as well.
Update: The game will be returning to Steam on February 14, 2020 - a year after its launch on the Epic Games Store - and we also have clarification that these are the exact same games with identical DLC plans for the future. There are no exclusive DLCs depending on platform.
Do you have any problems with big releases coming to the Epic Games Store?