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Metro Exodus Developer Has No Intention to Abandon PC Gamers

Metro Exodus developers 4A Games wants fans to know that they are not planning to abandon PC, despite a previous (sole) developer's statement.

By Lou Contaldi

February 3, 2019

Metro Exodus developer 4A games can’t seem to get a break. Following a decision made by Koch Media and Deep Silver to move Metro Exodus to Epic Games Store as a one-year timed exclusive, their work is taking the brunt of the blow. In a recent comment, developer 4A games has reaffirmed that the decision to move to Epic Games Store was out of their control and they will always plan for PC versions of the game — despite a statement from a developer in their ranks.

The comment was prompted due to anger among the community following a standalone statement from a 4A developer. In a statement from his personal account on a Russian forum, an employee from the studio gave a soft threat that if Steam supporters boycott purchasing Metro Exodus due to the exclusivity deal with Epic Games Store, the next Metro game would not come to PC.

This was obviously not taken well among the community at large, who feels jaded by the fact that the game — which had been available for pre-order on Steam for an extended period — was being moved to a new marketplace. The move was called “unfair” by Valve in a statement on the game’s page, which would later get “review bombed” en masse in Steam.

Therefore, in order to clear the air, developer 4A Games (via the official Metro Exodus Twitter account) issued a statement moments ago:

First, 4A Games reaffirmed the previously announced note that the decision to move the upcoming title to Epic Games Store was a business decision by Koch Media and Deep Silver alone. As they mentioned before, they had no part in those plans.

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More directly, they don’t deny that the mysterious forum writer was in fact a 4A Games employee. However, they do note that the comments in no way reflect the opinions of the whole studio or Deep Silver, but instead were borne of the “hurt and disappointment of a passionate individual” watching goodwill fade behind a project they have worked on.

Even better, 4A Games noted that they “have every intention of continuing this franchise, and a PC version will always be at the heart of [their] plans.” In any case, if you were concerned that the studio would be pulling their games (present or future) from the platform, you have nothing to worry about. Of course, like the shift to Epic Games Store, the business decision of such a promise may be out of their hands.

If you are looking to support 4A Games in the face of the backlash, Metro Exodus is available on February 15 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. You can pre-order the game here on Amazon if you haven’t already. Meanwhile, take a look at the brand new Uncovered trailer below that explains the premise of the game and series:

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Lou Contaldi

Lou Contaldi specializes in both reviews and the business behind gaming. He began writing about tech and video games while getting his Juris Doctor at Hofstra University School of Law. He is maybe the only gaming journo based in Nashville, TN.

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