Deep Silver, the publisher of Volition and 4A Games titles like the Metro series, has denied claims that it would be pulling future Metro games from PC if gamers continued to boycott it. This comes in response to a statement made by a member of the developmental team at 4A Games, stating that the game may not be available on PC in future if gamers continued to protest Metro Exodus' exclusivity on the Epic Game store.
Metro Exodus has proved to be a divisive game. Originally put on Steam for pre-order, it's since been made an Epic Games Store exclusive due to the better revenue share program that Epic offers. Gamers weren't happy, however, as the Epic Store lacks regional pricing, cloud saves, problematic security, and allegedly poor customer support. This lead to many gamers review bombing Metro games on Steam and proclaiming publicly that they wouldn't buy the game.
This frustrated some developers at 4A Games, one of whom posted on a web forum that if gamers continued to do this and sales suffered, that future Metro games may be made console exclusives instead. Deep Silver has since responded to counter these claims and get out ahead of any further backlash.
"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," it said, via Eurogamer. "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."
THQ Nordic, the owner of Deep Silver, has since muddied the waters further by countering this statement and then countering its own counter, so the future of the Metro series if far from certain. It seems likely that Exodus will still be a success, but will that be tempered by the negative rebound of Deep Silver's business decision.