Metro Exodus developer fights back against angry Steam fans

Posted on February 3, 2019

Metro Exodus is mere weeks away now and it’s safe to say the game’s release has created its fair share of controversy. A few days ago we reported that Metro Exodus would be releasing exclusively to the Epic Games Store on PC, a decision that has frustrated Steam fans. Much of the frustration seems to stem from the fact that all previous Metro games have been available on Steam and that Metro Exodus was even pre-selling on Steam prior to this announcement. Well the drama certainly hasn’t ended with one of the developers on Metro Exodus voicing their own statement on the matter, fighting back against the hate.

You can read the full developer statement over here and a Google translation over on the Steam forums. Whilst Google’s translation isn’t perfect, the sentiment can be felt.

Metro Exodus art

The developer known as ‘scynet’ opens by admitting that the Epic Games Store exclusivity “could cause some inconvenience to the players, and therefore cause discontent” and “could cause rejection”. However they also go on to say that the reaction from PC players is inadequate. They mention that as a developer they have sacrificed and spent many hard years developing Metro Exodus and all fans would need to do is spend a minute to install a new game launcher. Scynet’s response to the situation seems reasonable so far, although it’s what they say next that has really irked PC players.

“If at all all the PC players announce a boycott of the Metro, then the next metro, if it does, is definitely not on the PC. Better or worse, decide for yourself.” 

The English here is broken but the message seems clear. It’s a threat to PC players. If you decide to boycott or pirate Metro Exodus due to the Epic Games Store exclusivity, the team won’t bother to develop for the PC system at all in the future.

Metro Exodus banner

PC players were upset by the statement. Partly because nobody likes to be threatened but also because it seems to be punishing even the dedicated players who plan to support the game and purchase on the new storefront. How do you feel about the statement?

Metro Exodus will release on PS4, Xbox One and PC via the Epic Games Store on February 15. For those who want to discover more, you can check out our hands on preview from last year’s PAX Australia.