The first major publisher to spark controversy for signing exclusively with the Epic Games Store has said they may seek similar deals in future.
Koch Media took the decision to make the PC version of Metro Exodus only available through Epic’s store for the first year, sparking outrage from some fans. But this didn’t appear to effect the sales for Metro Exodus.
Speaking recently to GamesIndustry.biz, CEO Klemens Kundratitz said the company is “very happy with the commercial results so far,” but he does acknowledge that the exclusivity deal has “caused some ripples.”
“Overall, I’m still of the opinion like I was at the beginning that, as an industry and as a publisher, we should welcome Epic and their business model,” he said when asked about the decision. “We have a strong relationship with Epic and we continue to have a strong relationship with Steam as well. It’s just a shame that we couldn’t announce this collaboration earlier. That was not perfect.”
Major publishers 2K Games and Ubisoft also came under fire after agreeing such deals for Borderlands 3 and The Division 2 respectively, while the developers of Shenmue III, Phoenix Point and Ooblets also saw a backlash from fans with their business decisions. Following that, Epic Games noted the “disturbing trend” of harassment towards its partners.
“As a company, we have to do the things we believe in,” Kundratitz said. “We make mistakes as well but this wasn’t a mistake. We need to embrace a digital partner that offers a much more compelling rev share model than anybody else, and I think they act as a role model for us and for other digital partners as well — a 70/30 split is quite frankly anachronistic.”
Kundratitz also went on to say that he is open to the possibility for similar agreements for the Epic Games Store to be forged in the future. “We have many games on Steam, including many new releases like Iron Harvest. But I’m not ruling out to do an exclusive with Epic again.”