After it was announced that Metro Exodus would be released through the Epic Games Store as opposed to Steam, PC gamers all over the world went on digital strike. It took just minutes for bad reviews to start showing up on steam as everyone tried to protest the change in release platform. Boycotting of the game has been in full effect since, with Steam taking hundreds of bad reviews for Metro Exodus. Not long after that, a 4A Games developer that goes by the handle “scynet” on gameru forums posted a rant in Russian that included, among other things, a claim that if PC gamers boycott the game the next in the series certainly won’t make it to the PC.
“But! Consider the situation deeper. Someone says that they say 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 at all all the PC players announce a boycott of the Metro, then the next metro, if it does, is definitely not on the PC.”
It was most certainly a kneejerk reaction from a developer who, for all we know, had little to do with the game’s actual development. Either way, it didn’t take long for the publishers of Metro, Deep Silver, which happens to be owned by Koch Media to speak up. In a post on Twitlonger, the company not only confirmed that the choice to switch from Steam to Epic Game Store lies on the publishing company alone. Furthermore, it concludes that the recent comments made from a member of the 4A Games development team “do not reflect Deep Silver’s or 4A Games’ view on the future of the franchise.” More importantly, however, is the fact that future installments of the Metro series will come to the PC:
“We have every intention of continuing this franchise, and a PC version will always be at the heart of our plans.”
According to the post, the decision to switch to the Epic Games Store was based on investing in the Future of the Metro series. What that means is anyone’s guess. The bottom line is that the Epic Games Store seems to have won this battle and, at the end of the day, don’t take it out on the developers – it wasn’t their decision to begin with. And, regardless of the platform, Metro Exodus is going to be an amazing game, so take the five minutes to sign up for the Epic Games Store and move on with your life.
About Metro Exodus
Metro Exodus is a first-person shooter based in the Russian Wilderness. It effectively blends the idea of combat, stealth, and survival horror together in one of the craziest, most immersive game worlds ever created. It is developed by 4A Games and is published by Koch Media-owned Deep Silver. The game includes an amazing storyline that spans through a year with all four seasons, including a nuclear winter. It’s inspired by the novels of Dmitry Glukhovsky.
Developer: 4A Games
Publisher: Deep Silver \ Koch Media
Release Date: Feb 15, 2019
Platform: PC (MS Windows), Playstation 4, Xbox One