Yesterday, it was announced Metro Exodus would be the latest game making the jump from Steam to the Epic Games Store, and everybody’s had something to say about it. Valve was less than thrilled about the deal, as you would expect, but now THQ Nordic, the parent company of Koch Media, which, in turn, owns Metro publisher Deep Silver, has weighed in, and surprisingly they don’t seem pleased either.
Here’s what THQ Nordic had to say about the Metro Exodus deal…
“The decision to publish Metro Exodus as a timed Epic Store exclusive was made entirely on Koch Media’s side as Metro is their intellectual property. They are a sister company of THQ Nordic (Vienna), which is the reason why we can and will not comment on this matter. We do not want to categorically exclude the possibility of timed exclusives for any of our games in the future, but speaking in the here and now, we definitely want to have the players choose the platform of their liking and make our portfolio available to as many outlets as possible.”
A somewhat perplexing statement, as, again, THQ Nordic is the parent company of Koch Media and Deep Silver. THQ Nordic describes Koch as a “sister company,” but they acquired the publisher outright in early 2018, so if they didn’t want Koch/Deep Silver to sign the Epic deal, they probably could have prevented it. I don’t pretend to know the internal politics at play at THQ Nordic, but the company calling out one of their own subsidiaries is certainly an eyebrow-raising move.
Wccftech’s Callum Agnew recently got to go hands-on with Metro Exodus and came away quite impressed…
“Metro Exodus is a horrifying pleasure to play. It’s incredibly beautiful, one particular shot at night with the moon’s light beaming through the trees actually had me stop for a moment. I then got my back slashed open by a mutant bear. I suppose I should have used the photo mode.”
Metro Exodus arrives on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on February 15. The PC version of the game will be Epic Games Store exclusive until February of 2020.