Metro Exodus is now going to be published on Epics game store. We have criticized Epic for not fixed the cybersquatter personating us. So this means we will not be buying this game any time soon.
Epic also does not like the symbol for trademark, which is bizarre. Our name is trademarked and wordmarked so what is the problem?
We are aware that Steam is costly but this seems to be the way of the world everywhere. Developers disproportionately bear the risk, Apple is even worse than Steam for a piece of the action.
Steam takes 30% of the sales while Epic is only 12%. Steam is $60 and Epic is $50 so consumers save $10. Every lost sale on Steam, negates the extra money from 21 sales through Epic.
We suspect the game on Steam would be 20 million copies. That would bring about $840 million. What effect the change have an effect on sales is on open question.
Those who have ordered the game in advance on Steam will be fulfilled there.
Valve is unhappy as the game will be exclusively with Epic. We have seen other Metro games on Origin so we like competition.
Given the dispute with Epic this means the exclusive deal will mean we will not be playing this game until the trademark issues is resolved. The decision to publish Metro Exodus as a timed Epic Store exclusive was made entirely on Koch Media’s side as Metro is their intellectual property,
THQ Nordic has stepped up and distanced themselves from the decision. They have been happy with Steam. Metro Exodus will return to Steam and on other store fronts after 14th February 2020.