Epic says Metro Exodus sold 2.5 times better on Epic Store than Metro: Last Light did on Steam

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Epic wants to put the narrative that Epic Store exclusives are doomed to bed. At its GDC 2019 keynote today, the company announced that Metro Exodus sold 2.5 times better on the Epic Store than Metro: Last Light did on Steam.

It's not a perfect comparison. Metro: Last Light released in 2013, and the PC audience has grown significantly since then—granted, a portion of the recent growth can be attributed to Epic itself for developing Fortnite. Metro Exodus could have other qualities that helped it sell better, too. It's hard to say. But still, the news is confirmation that the Epic Games Store is not the death sentence its naysayers claim it is.

"It's really about your games, and not about the store you sell it on," said Steve Allison, head of the Epic Games Store. I have a feeling that, given Metro's success and Epic's more generous revenue sharing plan, more and more developers will be inclined to believe that.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley during the rise of personal computers, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early PCs his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. His hobbies include amateur boxing and adding to his 1,200-plus hours in Rocket League.