Metro Exodus has been having a tough time as of late with hype for the post-apocalyptic title building up the hype with trailers and information prior to its launch later this month. However, since it was announced that the PC version of the game would be arriving on the Epic Games Store as a timed exclusive for a year, fans have been less than happy. On January 31, an alleged 4a Games developer took to Gameinator forums to discuss Metro Exodus.
The conversation appears to indicate a threat of pulling future PC versions of the Metro games should people boycott Metro Exodus. The user, “scynet” who has only been active on the forum since January 23 despite being a registered user since 2009. The website is in Russian, so I have had to turn on Google translate to understand what’s being said, it’s also worth noting that the translation may not be 100% accurate.
Scynet’s main comment we’re focusing on here seems to be talking about the recent review bombing that the previous games Metro 2033 and Metro 2033: Last Light received as an attack on the upcoming title. “This is new, which could cause rejection. Yes, and such a move pulls the need to install an epic launcher, which could cause some inconvenience to the players, and therefore cause discontent.”
The conversation then seems to turn towards those who review bombed the title, “It seems that people did not want to play, just waited for a reason to pour out their bile.” They go on to talk about the developers behind the title and how they have “tried to do something special, but a certain category of players think that our work is not worth even a couple of minutes to install the launcher.”
Then scynet turns attention to threats of boycotting the titles by saying that, “Someone says that they say they crap [sic] Exodus and the previous games in the series, it will make the world better, they will put greedy developers in their place. To this I can answer that in a pinch”. This is where the possible threat comes in.
“if at all all the PC players announce a boycott of the Metro, then the next metro, if it does, is definitely not on the PC. Better or worse, decide for yourself. I personally feel sorry for the loyal fans, yes. But my assessment of the work done personally by me and my friends and colleagues will not change this.”
They go on to talk about how the console version has already had them go through tidying the game up, and that PC is next in line, adding final touches.
It certainly seems like a threat that future games may be pulled from PC as a platform but the comments from the developer seem to indicate that they just want their work to be appreciated on all platforms. However, the review bombing was rather intense. Metro 2033 Redux since the bombing started has had 2,589 negative reviews at the time of writing. Metro: Last Light Redux has had over 2,400.
Additionally, the forum has a notification stating, “The administration recalls that the messages published by 4A Games employees on our forum are not the official position of 4A Studio, and represent only the personal opinion of individual developers.” So this can’t be associated with all of 4A Studio, though it may parrot the feeling of many developers within.
Metro Exodus is due to launch on PC through the Epic Games Store, Xbox One, and PS4 this month on February 15.
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