After an individual Metro Exodus developer told Steam users that the next entry in the series might not release for PC, both 4A Games and publisher Deep Silver have followed up by stating that this is not the case. The Metro franchise still has a future on PC.
“The recent 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,” Deep Silver wrote in a blog post. “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.”
The recent comments in question were made by a lone 4A Games developer on the Russian Gameinator forums. According to PC Gamer, the post roughly translate into a warning towards those who claim they won’t play Metro Exodus because it’s releasing exclusive on the Epic Games Store. If enough people don’t play the PC version of Exodus, the post claims, then the next title in the Metro franchise might not release on PC at all.
This threat comes in the face of the recent mass review bombings that both Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light are undergoing right now on Steam. Some fans of the franchise are disappointed over the decision to remove Metro Exodus from Steam in order to put it on Epic instead. Although Steam pre-orders will be honored, the move has upset those who’ve already bought the game and expected to receive future support through their chosen PC game portal.
The discontentment has spread to the companies involved as well. Valve described the move as “unfair” for Metro’s playerbase, and there seems to be some controversy surrounding the decision amongst those at THQ–Deep Silver’s parent company–as well.
Metro Exodus is scheduled to release for Xbox One, PS4, and PC on February 15.