After announcing the start of an exclusivity deal with the Epic Games Store, Deep Silver received a lot of backlash. Last month, the Metro Exodus publisher revealed that the game will no longer be sold through Steam. Instead, the title will release exclusively on Epic’s digital games store on February 15th. A massive global movement ensued, which included boycotting and review bombing of the Metro games.
As the anti-Metro movement gained traction, a 4A Games developer added fuel to the fire. Developer “scynet” stated that if PC players continue to boycott Metro Exodus, then the future Metro games will skip PC. It seems that this statement struck a nerve within the PC gaming community, as the backlash that followed was immense, to say the least.
In an attempt to control the damage, 4A Games released a statement clarifying the situation. The developer says that the decision to opt for the Epic Store was made by Deep Silver.
“The recent comments made by a member of the 4A Games development team do not reflect Deep Silver’s or 4A Games’ view on the future of the franchise,” reads the statement. “They do reflect the hurt and disappointment of a passionate individual who has seen what was previously nothing but positive goodwill towards his work turn to controversy due to a business decision he had no control over.”
The developer requested fans to direct their feedback towards those responsible for the decision. 4A Games further shared that the future of the Metro franchise is in the hands of the publishers.
“Our decision to partner with Epic Games was based on the goal of investing in the future of the series and our development partner at 4A Games.”
Most importantly, 4A Games stated that they have “every intention of continuing this franchise”. The developer added that ” a PC version will always be at the heart of our plans.”