January 30, 2019 Metro Exodus will return to Steam and other platforms after completing its period of timed exclusivity in the Epic Games store.
Metro Exodus will be launched as an exclusive game store for Epic Games, but this exclusivity is timed, which will return to Steam over time. It will be forgiven for not realizing this, since the fact is buried in depth in a FAQ that is attached to an official press release, but it does provide a date for when to wait for the game. "Metro Exodus will return to Steam and other stores front after February 14, 2020."
Technically, this could mean any date from February 15, 2020 until the end of time, but it will probably be exactly one year after the launch date of the Exodus Metro. This type of press release is usually the domain of the journalist's emailboxes, but you can see a web version on Gamasutra. Curiously, frequently asked questions on the official site cover some of the same points, but there is no echo of the exclusivity.
All existing Steam pre-orders will be honored, and "Steam owners will be able to access the game and any future upgrade or DLC" without any problems. The game will be available for a small discount in North America through the Epic store, which will be released at $ 49.99 / £ 49.99 / € 59.99.
In a message posted on the Steam page of the game, Valve says: "We believe that the decision to eliminate the game is unfair to Steam customers, especially after a long pre-sale period. We apologize to Steam customers who hoped it was on sale through the release date of February 15, but recently reported the decision and gave limited time to inform them everyone ".
Once February 15 arrives and Exodus is above us, the PC version of the game will be on sale "only through the Epic Games store." The CEO of Deep Silver, Dr. Klemens Kundratitz says the 88/12% revenue division of the store is "in game changer", the decision of the editor would have impacted.
Kundratitz also says that "by joining Epic, we can invest more in the future of the subway," which may suggest a sequel to Exodus to the cards. It is early on this front at this point, of course, but it is encouraging to know that another game could be a possibility.
The move follows Ubisoft, which recently confirmed that The Division 2 will also launch at the Epic store, abandoning its launch on the Valve platform. The company also stated that more of its games will be published through Epic, with "additional selective titles" that will be released later this year.
Related: These are the requirements of the Metro Exodus system
As mentioned earlier, the Aurora crew will leave relatively early on the Moscow station, and you can reach Exodus Metro in a couple of weeks, you may want to make sure that you have installed The Epic store before doing it, though.