I’m sure most have heard by now that Deep Silver dropped a “kthxbye” note into Valve/Steam’s in box yesterday to tell them that they were moving PC sales for the upcoming Metro Exodus exclusively over to the Epic Games Store for a year. Not the first time it’s happened of course (ref Ubisoft and The Division 2 from earlier this year). What was a bit jarring though was that this move comes just 2 weeks before the game launches, and Steam (and other retailers) have been actively selling Metro Exodus pre-orders for a while now.
The good or bad, right or wrong, of the decision is possibly a topic for another thread though. I’m focused on simply keeping an eye on the state of Epic Store’s regional pricing. And in the case of Metro Exodus it’s sadly not good news. (Despite having had the game on my Steam Wishlist since June 2017, I am honestly not sure what it was priced at for us on there. If anyone did happen to pre-order it on Steam, please could you confirm what you were charged for it.)
Much like the Division 2 pricing, it doesn’t look like we’ll get any benefit from regional pricing on the Epic Store for Metro Exodus. In fact, we’ll be paying more than our US counterparts as Deep Silver announced a $10 price drop for the game on Epic Store, but then only made that drop available to US customers.
Here’s the comparative pricing - Standard and Gold Editions - and the Rand equivalents n the various regions I’m watching:
South Africa = R817 & R1157
United States = R681& R1021
United Kingdom = R896 & R1255
Germany = R934 & R1324