The hits just don’t stop coming for 4A Games and Deep Silver, and not in a good way. The developer has been constantly hit by controversy over decisions with their upcoming game, Metro Exodus, with a ton of negative backlash and cynicism. It all started with the reveal that Deep Silver and Epic had inked a deal to offer Metro Exodus exclusively on the Epic store for one year, and gamers went ballistic. The publisher had their games review-bombed on Steam, tons of people voiced a desire to boycott or pirate the game, it was just bad times all around.
Despite all of this Deep Silver continued to promote the game, hoping to make a positive splash on release. Cut to last week and things got pretty weird. A standalone statement from a 4A developer on a Russian gaming forum alleged internal strife and discontent with the negative response to the game, even going so far as to hint that there might be plans to exclude PC entirely as a possible platform for future Metro titles.
Gamers quickly descended on the statement, calling it tone deaf and making the whole situation more tense as one of their favorite game series’ was apparently being held hostage right before their eyes.
developer 4A Games (via the official Metro Exodus Twitter account) issued a statement countering the allegations of excluding PC:
4A Games wants to make it clear that they have no plans to abandon PC, and they also had no input in regards to decision of Deep Silver and Koch Media to sign an exclusivity deal with Epic. They don’t deny that the controversial forum post is from a 4A Games employee, but want to make it clear that the opinions expressed within are not reflective of the studio as a whole.
4A Games also noted that they “have every intention of continuing this franchise, and a PC version will always be at the heart of [their] plans.” So if you had any concerns about losing the Metro franchise on PC, you shouldn’t worry according to the devs.
If you want to see the game in action, why not check out the recent Shotguns trailer showing off some major destruction. There’s plenty of other coverage for the game out there too. Deep Silver and 4A Games have released the full PC requirements for Metro Exodus. The developers also released a documentary series promoting the game. There’s also a new “Uncovered” trailer which recaps all of the new content coming in this game.
Metro Exodus will release on February 15 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.