A Deep Silver representative has now officially responded to all the backlash related to Metro Exodus by saying that the future games in the series will keep PC version “at the heart”. This response comes after a developer decided to threaten gamers by saying that if they boycotted the upcoming game, there won’t be any new Metro game on PC in the future.
The whole Metro Exodus controversy started when the game was announced as an Epic Games Store exclusive causing a backlash and the PC community even decided to boycott it by not purchasing the game until it arrives on Steam.
Everything got much worse as people also started to review bomb the Metro series on Steam. In response to all of this, a developer issued a warning to all the fans on the Russian Gameinator forums which translated into if players refuse to play the game through Epic Launcher then the next Metro game in the series will not arrive on PC platform despite all the loyal fans.
Today, the publisher decided to make things clear and said that the aforementioned comments “made by a member of the 4A Games development team do not reflect Deep Silver’s or 4A Games’ view on the future of the franchise”. It was also made clear that they will continue to work on the franchise in the future and PC version of the game will be always “at the heart of our plans”.
They do reflect the hurt and disappointment of a passionate individual who has seen what was previously nothing but positive goodwill towards his work turn to controversy due to a business decision he had no control over. We respectfully ask that any and all valid feedback over this decision is directed at Koch Media / Deep Silver, and not the developers at 4A Games.
The decision to move the game from Steam to Epic Game Store was made by Koch Media/publisher alone and the future strategy of releases also lies with “Koch Media/Deep Silver”. The whole statement above serves as a try to redirect players and the community backlash away from the development team as the game reaches closer to its release date.
There’s no guarantee that anything will change right after today’s official statement by the publisher so all that’s left for us is to play Metro Exodus when it releases on February 22, 2019, for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.