“The recent decision to move Metro Exodus from Steam to the Epic Game Store was made by Koch Media / Deep Silver alone.
The recent comments made by a member of the 4A Games development team do not reflect Deep Silver’s or 4A Games’ view on the future of the franchise. They do reflect the hurt and disappointment of a passionate individual who has seen what was previously nothing but positive goodwill towards his work turn to controversy due to a business decision he had no control over. We respectfully ask that any and all valid feedback over this decision is directed at Koch Media / Deep Silver, and not the developers at 4A Games.
The future release strategy of the Metro series lies with Koch Media / Deep Silver. Our decision to partner with Epic Games was based on the goal of investing in the future of the series and our development partner at 4A Games. We have every intention of continuing this franchise, and a PC version will always be at the heart of our plans.”
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The crazy drama surrounding Metro Exodus and PC gamers have hit a new high.
4A Games’ Metro Exodus was recently pulled from Steam due to a shocking deal publisher Deep Silver struck with Epic Games. That deal gave the Epic Games Store exclusivity to Metro Exodus for one year. Needless to say, fans of the series weren’t too happy about this announcement, especially so close to the game’s release.
Players have been boycotting the game as a response to this new deal with pre-order cancellations and giving past iterations of the Metro series bad reviews. Per GameRant, these protests have been pretty respectful thus far as players haven’t been trashing the games but Deep Silver in the poor reviews. Things have only gotten worse. A 4A Games developer that goes by the nickname Scynet recently posted on Russian Board GAMEINATOR and claimed that future Metro titles would be pulled from PC altogether if the protests continue:
“I watched the bubbling. Impressions are twofold. On the one hand, the withdrawal from Steam is ambiguous, so no one has done so sharply (as far as I can tell). This is new, which could cause rejection. Yes, and such a move pulls the need to install the Epic launcher, which could cause some inconvenience to the players, and therefore cause discontent.
On the other hand, the reaction of a certain category of players is hardly adequate. It seems that people did not want to play, just waited for a reason to pour out their bile. That is, it turns out that we (the developers) for years have been hard and painful, with losses, trying to do something special, but a certain category of players believes that our work is not worth even a couple of minutes to install the launcher. Naturally, it is their life and their right, but then what do they care about Metro? Obviously, it is not interesting to them. I can only say that they were not our players either, they are not interested in our work, which means that, for example, the opinion of such people is not interesting for me either. What is the point for me personally (and not only) to listen to their opinion?
But! Consider the situation deeper. Someone says that if they crap Exodus and the previous games in the series, it will make the world better, they will put greedy developers in their place. To this, I can answer that in a pinch, if all the PC players announce a boycott of Metro Exodus, then the next Metro, if it does, is definitely not going to be on the PC. Better or worse, decide for yourself. I personally feel sorry for the loyal fans, yes. But my assessment of the work done personally by me and my friends and colleagues will not change this. I firmly know that almost everyone who pours this dirt on the net is also incapable of a bit of what we have done and hopefully do more. And that means they have no idea what they are talking about.
And further. Despite the fact that during the development I went through each level of each game, hell knows how many times, it is interesting for me to play Metro. I went through the previous parts completely and more than once, and now I am going to go through the whole PC version, to which we make the final touches. For me, this is already a tradition, I always replay the game completely before release. It allows you to evaluate the work done. What is it for me? I remember the words of the Prof, which I have heard more than once, both from myself and on the Internet – the game must be made for myself, so that you like it first. And only now do I begin to understand this fully – no clever man can shake me about the value of the work that we have done. And there will always be disgruntled.”
This entire situation has only continued to escalate since the Epic Games Store partnership was announced. Metro Exodus is set to release in a few weeks and from everything we’ve seen so far, it looks like a great game. Hopefully, that won’t get lost in the controversy.
Metro Exodus will release February 15th on Xbox One, PS4, and PC (through the Epic Games Store).
What are your thoughts on these comments? Are you planning on boycotting Metro Exodus? Or are you fine with this exclusive deal? Let us know in the comments below!