Update: Steam has called Metro Exodus' move to the Epic Games Store "unfair" in an update made to Metro Exodus' Steam page. Though Metro Exodus is still available for pre-order on Steam, sales will be discontinued later today.
Valve's full statement below:
"Later today, Sales of Metro Exodus will be discontinued on Steam due to a publisher decision to make the game exclusive to another PC 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. 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.
Original Story: The Epic Games Store is grabbing another high-profile PC release, announcing today that it will be the exclusive digital PC retailer for the upcoming Metro Exodus. As part of the exclusive deal, Metro Exodus will retail on the Epic Games Store in North America for $49.99.
Deep Silver announced today that digital PC copies of Metro Exodus will be sold solely through the Epic Games Store. Pre-orders for both the Standard and Gold Editions of Metro Exodus are available now on Epic Games Store in North America starting at $49.99 (€59.99 in most European countries). Pre-orders include the Metro Exodus Original Soundtrack and 'The World of Metro' digital art book.
Epic has been touting its revenue split model since launching the Epic Games Store late last year. Epic's revenue split compares favorably to Steam's 70/30 revenue split model where Valve takes more than double what Epic asks for from game sales. Valve has since instituted a tiered revenue splitting model where Steam's share of the revenue will drop to 25 percent for all sales between $10 million and $50 million, and then lower again to 20 percent after a game makes more than $50 million in sales.
Developers and publishers so far seem receptive to Epic's lowered revenue split. Companies like Ubisoft, and now Deep Silver, are partnering with Epic for exclusive PC sales and leaving Steam without several high-profile PC releases. Earlier this month Ubisoft announced that the upcoming The Division 2 will be sold exclusively through the Epic Games Store, with plans to release future games on Epic's digital storefront as well.
Customers are starting to see a more fractured digital games market on PC as developers are looking to find alternatives to Steam. Some companies are signing exclusive deals with Epic Games, while others are launching major titles through their own digital PC portals. Bethesda launched Fallout 76 exclusively through the Bethesda Store, while Activision Blizzard has been leveraging Battle.net to release non-Blizzard games like Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Destiny 2.
Metro Exodus is the third game in the Metro trilogy set in a post-apocalyptic eastern Europe in the backdrop of nuclear fallout. Metro Exodus will be available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on February 15. Check out our Metro Exodus preview for our most recent hands-on with 4A Games' apocalyptic shooter, and check out our Metro Exodus guide for trailers, news, and more.