Yesterday, it was announced that the PC version of Metro Exodus, which also launches on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next month, will be available "solely through the Epic Games store" for the foreseeable future.
This news was revealed by Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney, who said: "Metro Exodus is amazing and is deservedly one of the most anticipated PC titles of 2019.
"We are partnering with Deep Silver to launch Metro Exodus, underpinned by Epic's marketing support and commitment to offering an 88 per cent revenue split, enabling game creators to further reinvest in building great games and improving the economics of game stores for everybody."
In the wake of this announcement, Valve removed the option to buy Exodus through its hugely-popular Steam store. Which is similar to how it dealt with Ubisoft's The Division 2, when that title turned Epic-exclusive earlier this month.
"Sales of Metro Exodus have been discontinued on Steam due to a publisher decision to make the game exclusive to another PC store," a notice reads. "We think the decision to remove the game is unfair to Steam customers, especially after a long pre-sale period. We apologise to Steam customers that were expecting it to be available for sale through the February 15th release date, but we were only recently informed of the decision and given limited time to let everyone know."
But if you've already purchased the game through Steam, don't worry. Valve explains that all prior sales of Exodus via Steam will be fulfilled, and players will be able to access the game and upcoming updates or DLC through Steam like normal.
So why are developers recently choosing Epic over Steam, an online store that's dominated the market for years? Deep Silver CEO Dr. Klemens Kundratitz explains that "Epic's generous revenue terms are a game changer that will allow publishers to invest more into content creation, or pass on savings to the players.
"By teaming up with Epic we will be able to invest more into the future of Metro and our ongoing partnership with series developer 4A Games, to the benefit of our Metro fans."
If you missed it, the Epic Games store charges devs a flat 12% fee, whereas Steam currently takes 30% of all sales. That's why the end of The Walking Dead: The Final Season will also head to the new store, when its concluding episode releases.
Epic Games Store developer fees. Credit: Epic Games
What do you think about this news? Are you surprised by the move? Is this something we're only going to see more of? Let us know.
Metro Exodus is set to release on 15 February, 2019 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC (but only on the Epic Games store, remember).
Featured Image Credit: Deep Silver/4A Games