A couple of days ago, Deep Silver, Koch Media and 4A Games all decided it was for the best benefit to migrate from Valve’s Steam platform to Epic Games’ Store for the upcoming release of Metro Exodus. Yesterday, THQ Nordic’s CEO expressed his full support of the decision, and reassured fans the developer and the publisher surely analysed the pros and cons of the entire situation carefully, and made the right decision.
Recently, a GAMEINATOR Russian board member known for being a long-time employee of 4A Games went to the forums to express his personal opinion on all the backlash, and negative reviews raining down on all Metro games on the Steam store. He explained some of the reasons which drove the studio to make this decision, as well as mentioning how good the game is, and shouldn’t matter to the true fans of the franchise which PC platform it’s getting delivered on. However, one of the remarks he made was a little controversial. He continued to discuss how if PC users boycott Metro Exodus, the developer and publisher might ditch PC from upcoming Metro releases.
I watched the bubbling. Impressions are twofold. On the one hand, the withdrawal from Steam is ambiguous, so no one has done so sharply (as far as I can tell). This is new, which could cause rejection. Yes, and such a move pulls the need to install the Epic launcher, which could cause some inconvenience to the players, and therefore cause discontent.
On the other hand, the reaction of a certain category of players is hardly adequate. It seems that people did not want to play, just waited for a reason to pour out their bile. That is, it turns out that we (the developers) for years have been hard and painful, with losses, trying to do something special, but a certain category of players believes that our work is not worth even a couple of minutes to install the launcher. Naturally, it is their life and their right, but then what do they care about Metro? Obviously, it is not interesting to them. I can only say that they were not our players either, they are not interested in our work, which means that, for example, the opinion of such people is not interesting for me either. What is the point for me personally (and not only) to listen to their opinion?
But! Consider the situation deeper. Someone says that if they crap Exodus and the previous games in the series, it will make the world better, they will put greedy developers in their place. To this, I can answer that in a pinch, if all the PC players announce a boycott of Metro Exodus, then the next Metro, if it does, is definitely not going to be on the PC. Better or worse, decide for yourself. I personally feel sorry for the loyal fans, yes. But my assessment of the work done personally by me and my friends and colleagues will not change this. I firmly know that almost everyone who pours this dirt on the net is also incapable of a bit of what we have done and hopefully do more. And that means they have no idea what they are talking about.
And further. Despite the fact that during the development I went through each level of each game, hell knows how many times, it is interesting for me to play Metro. I went through the previous parts completely and more than once, and now I am going to go through the whole PC version, to which we make the final touches. For me, this is already a tradition, I always replay the game completely before release. It allows you to evaluate the work done. What is it for me? I remember the words of the Prof, which I have heard more than once, both from myself and on the Internet – the game must be made for myself, so that you like it first. And only now do I begin to understand this fully – no clever man can shake me about the value of the work that we have done. And there will always be disgruntled.
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.