Metro Exodus Escapes Epic Exclusivity, Releases on Steam
4A's Metro Exodus is finally out on Steam. The open-world first-person shooter generated its fair share of controversy in early 2019 when it was revealed the game would be an Epic Games Store exclusive. Now, that year-long stop at EGS station is over, and the Metro train has steamed ahead.
It was late in the game when Deep Silver decided to sign an exclusivity deal with Epic to bring Metro to its nascent storefront. Though the shooter wasn't the only game leading the charge, it was one of the biggest at the time, even more so than The Division 2, which was also an EGS exclusive.
Fans who pre-ordered Metro Exodus demanded refunds, and others flocked to Steam to review-bomb the other games in the series, Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light. Valve responded to the move, saying it was "unfair to Steam customers, especially after a long pre-sale period."
4A, the developer of the Metro franchise, further stoked the flames by insinuating that fan backlash could keep future entries from appearing on the PC platform. Publisher Deep Silver quickly moved to deescalate the growing furor by saying that the comments did "not reflect Deep Silver’s or 4A Games’ view on the future of the franchise."
It should be noted, though, that those who pre-ordered the game still got their Steam copies, a tidbit often lost in the kerfuffle. It just wasn't, until now, available on Steam for those who didn't board the train early.
Regardless of the controversy surrounding it, Metro Exodus is a fantastic entry in the Metro series. In our 9/10 review of the game, we said that it "is almost a perfect game, introducing exciting new elements while still offering the classic Metro experience." We praised it for its setting and improved AI, as well as its crafting system.
With its release on Steam, Metro Exodus brings both of the game's DLC packs, The Two Colonels and Sam's Story. The base game will set you back $39.99, though it's currently on sale for 40% off, putting it at $23.99. The Two Colonels is discounted from its normal $7.99 price tag, coming in at $4.79. Sam's Story is currently full price: $17.99.
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