Epic's CEO Tim Sweeney has announced that despite what was said at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in March, the company is open to sign exclusivity deals with games that have already been announced and put up for preorder on Steam.
During GDC, the head of the Epic Games Store, Steve Allison, was asked about the Metro Exodus controversy. The game had initially been announced as being available through Steam and publisher, Koch Media, had already begun selling preorders to customers. Then the publisher signed an exclusivity deal with Epic Games and pulled Metro from Steam, refunding preorders. However, the move angered some fans who weren't happy with using Epic's store.
Allison said in response "We don't want to do that ever again".
However, when asked on Monday why Observation, a game that was previously announced to be available from Steam, had dropped from Valve's store after its publisher signed an exclusivity contract, Sweeney said that since GDC there have been more discussions and the team has decided it "is open to continuing to sign funding / exclusivity deals with willing developers and publishers regardless of their previous plans or announcements around Steam."
Sweeney says that exclusivity deals were up to developers and publishers to decide, not Epic's to deny because a game was previously listed on Steam.
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