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Post by KostaAndreadis @ 11:42am 29/01/19 | 0 Comments
In a surprise move, the upcoming post-apocalyptic shooter Metro Exodus is making a switch (on PC) to become an exclusive Epic Games Store release. And we say surprise because until today, and for several months, Metro Exodus had been available to pre-order via Steam. The Steam store page is still up, with those that pre-ordered apparently still able to play via the platform when the game launches next month.

A note on the page, written by Valve, clearly states their displeasure with the move. Whilst also hinting that it had only just found out about the decision to halt sales.
Notice: Later today, sales of Metro Exodus will be discontinued on Steam due to a publisher decision to make the game exclusive to another PC store.

The developer and publisher have assured us that all prior sales of the game on Steam will be fulfilled on Steam, and Steam owners will be able to access the game and any future updates or DLC through Steam.

We think the decision to remove the game is unfair to Steam customers, especially after a long pre-sale period. We apologize to Steam customers that were expecting it to be available for sale through the February 15th release date, but we were only recently informed of the decision and given limited time to let everyone know.

No doubt the move, alongside the Epic Games Store also nabbing the rights to Ubisoft's The Division 2 on PC, is an attempt to take digital storefront market share away from Steam. How this will all play out remains to be seen, but with platform exclusives now broken up into different PC digital storefronts - expect to have a multitude of launchers and profiles installed for the foreseeable future.

Also, the exclusivity period as per Epic Games is listed as one-year, ending February 2020. Which is when the Steam store page will wake up from hibernation. That said, Epic Games Store does offer more attractive revenue share terms than Valve's Steam.

Snapping up Metro Exodus is symbolic as it represents one of the most visually impressive and promising AAA releases to help kick off 2019 proper. And on that front here are the PC specs required to hit various performance targets at launch.

MINIMUM (1080p at 30 FPS):
    OS: WINDOWS 7 | 8 | 10
    CPU: INTEL CORE I5-4440 or equivalent
    RAM: 8GB
    GPU: GEFORCE GTX 670 | GEFORCE GTX 1050 | AMD RADEON HD 7870
    VRAM: 2 GB
    DIRECT X: 11 |12


RECOMMENDED (1080p at 60 FPS)
    OS: WINDOWS 10
    CPU: INTEL CORE I7-4770K or equivalent
    RAM: 8GB
    GPU: GEFORCE GTX 1070 | GEFORCE RTX 2060 | AMD RX VEGA 56
    VRAM: 8 GB
    DIRECT X: 12


HIGH (1440p at 60 FPS)
    OS: WINDOWS 10
    CPU: INTEL CORE I7-8700K or equivalent
    RAM: 16GB
    GPU: GEFORCE GTX 1080 Ti | GEFORCE RTX 2070 | AMD RX VEGA 64
    VRAM: 8 GB
    DIRECT X: 12


EXTREME (4K at 60 FPS)
    OS: WINDOWS 10
    CPU: INTEL CORE I9-9900K or equivalent
    RAM: 16GB
    GPU: GEFORCE RTX 2080 Ti
    VRAM: 11 GB
    DIRECT X: 12

No doubt you'll need a decent and fairly new rig to get this running on the higher detail settings. Metro Exodus will also support Ray Traced Global Illumination at launch on compatible NVIDIA GeForce RTX cards - with performance targets and specs for these features expected in the coming days.

Metro Exodus is out February 15.



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