The folks at Valve are none too happy with Deep Silver this week, after the company removed Metro Exodus from Steam and made it an Epic Games Store exclusive. The move is a little surprising but not entirely out of the blue since a lot of publishers have openly been considering making the same move with upcoming games. Valve had some words on the matter and posted this open statement about the move on their website.
"We think the decision to remove the game is unfair to Steam customers, especially after a long pre-sale period. We apologize to Steam customers that were expecting it to be available for sale through the February 15th release date, but we were only recently informed of the decision and given limited time to let everyone know."
From Valve's standpoint, yeah, kind of a dick move for Deep Silver to do, especially if they already had an agreement to list the game. Even with them agreeing to honor pre-orders made on Steam. However, looking at it from Deep Silver's perspective, the company would probably like a lower cut of profits taken by Epic than Steam would, who basically have a stranglehold on the distribution of digital game content. They're not the only game in town, just the most prominent, which allows them to dictate prices. If Epic gave them a bigger offer on a platform that's working toward crossplay across all systems, you can't really blame DS for taking the offer. Regardless, it's a study in distribution that's only going to get more interesting throughout the year. Metro Exodus is still set to be released on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on February 15th.