THQ Nordic decided to address the concerns players had over shifting Metro Exodus over to the Epic Games Store this week, while the author of the series disagreed with the move. First up, THQ posted this notice on their Twitter, letting fans know that it wasn't simply an out-of-the-blue decision made on either their part, but that Koch Media (who owns the property) made the call to move from Steam to be an Epic Games Store exclusive on PC. That's a really interesting note that in any other circumstance, we probably wouldn't have heard. But it seems fan pressure on both companies forced them to make some sort of comment and explanation. It also sounds like this may be a direction more Deep Silver games end up taking in the future.
not want to categorically exclude the possibility of timed exclusives for any of our games in the future, but speaking in the here and now, we definitely want to have the players choose the platform of their liking and make our portfolio available to as many outlets as possible. pic.twitter.com/oOI52rLDAi
— THQ Nordic (@THQNordic) January 29, 2019
Meanwhile, Dmitry Glukhovsky, author of the Metro 2033 novel on which Metro Exodus is based on, posted his own kind of commentary this week. Showing off that he too doesn't seem all that pleased that the game was taken off Steam.
While it's just a simple post, it wouldn't be all that shocking to see an author mad about decisions someone made about their work without their consent. But that kind of thing happens all the time when people sign over the rights to their works to be made into other forms of media. Maybe down the road, we'll hear more from Glukhovsky beyond a one-liner on Instagram.