Earlier this week, Metro Exodus publisher Deep Silver announced that the game would now be releasing exclusively on the Epic Games Store. This move has apparently drawn the ire of many Steam players, leading to the Metro: Last Light Redux and Metro 2033 review bomb on Steam.
Metro: Last Light Redux and Metro 2033 Redux both sit within the "Very Positive" category in terms of all-time Steam reviews, having each received over 88% positive feedback. In the days following the exclusivity announcement, however, both games have received close to 1000 negative reviews each, causing their recent reviews to drop into the "Mixed" and "Very Negative" categories. For context, the previous two Metro titles have been on Steam since 2014 and currently have about 44,000 reviews between them. Recent reviews on both games' pages include accusations that Deep Silver is back-stabbing their fanbase, calls to pirate the game instead of purchasing it, and text images of middle fingers. The comment section of the exclusivity deal's announcement page features a similar sentiment.
This backlash comes in spite of Deep Silver's measures to keep pre-purchasers happy. Although the PC version of Metro Exodus is launching exclusively on the Epic Games Store, pre-orders made through Steam are still being honored through Steam, as are any pre-order bonuses that players would have received. Steam pre-purchasers will also be able to buy future DLC, updates, and expansions on Steam. Metro Exodus' move to the Epic Game Store even comes with a $10 price cut to help entice US players over to the new storefront. But that's apparently not enough to satisfy Metro fans, who've expressed a general distaste of the unexpected deal. Though the rush of negative reviews is unlikely to have an actual lasting impact on the sales of Metro: Last Light Redux and Metro 2033 Redux—two well-received games that have been out for years—it remains to be seen whether or not this outrage will translate into a significant loss in sales for Exodus.
Metro Exodus will be released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on February 15th, 2019. You can read TechRaptor's preview of the game here.
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