Battle Between Steam and Epic Games Store Gets Bloody Over Metro Exodus

first_img Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Last year when Epic revealed the Epic Games Store, a PC video game marketplace designed to give the Steam monopoly the first real fight of its life, we thought things would get ugly. With Fortnite’s fortunes at its disposal, Epic had the sheer financial strength and technical infrastructure to challenge Valve by offering sweet exclusivity deals. But incredibly savvy moves like offering indie developers a fairer cut of profits suggested Epic had the brains to win this battle, too. It made you want to overlook how sparse the Epic Games Store is at the moment when it comes to features.The Epic Games Store is just about two months old and already the fight between it and Steam has blossomed into a full-on war. The latest major battle? The fight over Metro Exodus.As we said, Epic’s go-to move right now to gain support for their store is by scoring high-profile exclusives. Ever since Valve pretty much stopped making video games, Steam is mostly useful as a centralized collection of third-party PC games. And the more of those games migrate to Epic’s camp the more appealing it is and bigger blows get dealt to Valve. Epic Games Store exclusives include Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 from Ubisoft, the next project from Supergiant Games Hades, and now most controversially the post-apocalyptic Russian shooter Metro Exodus.You see Metro Exodus wasn’t always an Epic Games Store exclusive. Before that store was even a thing you could pre-order it on Steam. And to be fair those that did will still have their purchases honored when the game releases on February 15. But going forward, at least for however long the exclusivity deal lasts, you’ll only be able to buy Metro Exodus on the Epic Games Store.And lots of folks had something to say about that. Steam users, unused to competition, felt like collateral damage in a fight between corporate titans. Valve itself called the move “unfair” in a post pulling down Metro’s pre-order page. Even the messaging coming from Metro Exodus publisher THQ Nordic seems mixed. One tweet blamed parent company Koch Media for the move and wished players had a choice. But executives have been resolute in their support for the deal.Expect this to get even worse if Metro Exodus launches on Steam in a condition even slightly worse than its Epic Games Store counterpart. And while we now all know a change-up like this is possible, next time Epic gets another exclusive we do hope players get more of a heads up. Of course, you can also just skip this drama and get the game on your Xbox One or PlayStation 4 instead. Stay on targetlast_img

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