The highly anticipated release of Deep Silver’s Metro Exodus will now launch on PC as a timed exclusive through the Epic Games Store, February 15th. With it’s scheduled Steam release delayed until January 2020.
Epic has also revealed massive changes coming to their refund policy, bringing the company in line with Steam, while announcing plans for region-specific support.
As part of this partnership, the digital PC version of Metro Exodus will now be available to purchase solely through https://t.co/VDwgE3CTUy. All existing Steam pre-orders WILL be honoured.
— Metro Exodus (@MetroVideoGame) January 28, 2019
The announcement follows a recent trend of publishers launching products onto the Epic Games Store instead of Steam. The most recent example being Ubisoft’s announcement that The Division 2 will launch on PC via the Epic Games Store, not Steam.
Epic is making steps in all the right directions, and at a speed which is putting Steam on the back burner for a number of key publishers.
Earlier this month, Epic’s Director of Publishing, Sergey Galyonkin announced changes to the Epic Games Store, as well as planned support for 30 regions, including 130 countries, with local pricing for said countries in the works.
An important announcement was also made in regards to Epic’s refund policy, offering “Unlimited refunds within 14 days of purchase and under 2 hours played.”
We also changed our refund policy. Unlimited refunds within 14 days of purchase and under 2 hours played. The team is working on the self-service solution, but for now, you'll have to go through player support.
— Sergey Galyonkin (@galyonkin) January 11, 2019
Home to the global mega-sensation, Fortnite, and becoming an increasingly popular digital marketplace amongst publishers, we’ll be keeping our eyes on the Epic Games Store as it continues to grow into a major competitor amongst within digital distribution space.