THQ Nordic CEO Supports Metro: Exodus Dev Decision to Drop Steam in Favour of Epic Games Store for One Year Exclusivity
With multiple stores and platforms opening up recently to compete with Valve’s Steam, including Epic Games and Discord’s stores, the fight to host upcoming anticipated titles is heating up.
Deep Silver and 4A Games’ upcoming instalment to the Metro franchise, Metro Exodus, is officially going to be available exclusively through Epic Games’ digital store. However, the game will eventually come to Steam, reportedly on February 14th, 2020. THQ Nordic AB’s CEO and Co-Founder Lars Wingefors gave his opinion on the matter, and fully supported Deep Silver on their decision, taking into consideration THQ Nordic’s acquisition of Deep Silver back in 2018. He believes Deep Silver and Koch Media carefully assessed the pros and cons of the entire situation, and took the right decision.
I fully support our sub-groups’ autonomy to run their respective businesses. I believe it’s in the group’s, and ultimately the consumers’, best interest that business decisions are made close to the market and this is the group’s consistent business model.
I firmly believe that Deep Silver and Koch Media have carefully considered the advantages and disadvantages, opportunities and risks in their decision to go solely with Epic Games Store. The decision has my full support.
I have noted that there is some confusion about the two different THQ Nordic entities, the parent company and the operating entity in Vienna. As already communicated to shareholders last year, the parent company will change its name to better reflect its status.
Metro: Exodus releases for PS4, Xbox One and PC on February 15, 2019. Make sure to check out the Artyom Edition, and don’t miss the newly released trailer showcasing the game’s storyline, marvellous world, enemies, combat, and more.
[Source: press release]