In what will surely be seen as another blow to Valve’s dominance in the games distribution market with its Steam service 4A Games and Deep Silver has chosen to partner with Epic Games and be an exclusive to their newly launched online store. We’ve already covered the news that The Division 2 will be an Epic Store exclusive and of course Steam has also lost other big hitters such as the Battlefield, Call of duty and Destiny franchises so to lose another well known franchise will surely have to lead to a change in policy?
Deep Silver’s CEO,Dr. Klemens Kundratitz cited Epic’s far more generous 88% revenue split in the official announcement – Valve takes a 30% cut.
We are delighted to partner with Epic to bring the digital PC version of Metro Exodus to market, 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.
Valve posted this rather curt response to the news:
Notice: Sales of Metro Exodus have been 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.
Epic’s service is still very much in its infancy and lacking some of the features of its more mature competitors but many feel Steam has sat too long on its laurel’s and not developed the service to be the slick PC gaming equivalent of what you’ll find on a PlayStation or XBOX.
Choice is good though, yes its yet another client to install and a another separate friends list but perhaps this will be the shake up the PC gaming market needs? what do you think? let us know in the comments section below.