Even THQ Nordic, the owners of Koch Media (which in turn owns Deep Silver) had to respond to the fact that Metro Exodus will be a timed exclusive for a year on Epic Games Store (except for those who pre-ordered before the announcement…).
THQ Nordic issued a statement on Twitter: „The decision to publish Metro Exodus as a timed Epic Store exclusive was made entirely on Koch Media’s side as Metro is their intellectual property. They are a sister company of THQ Nordic (Vienna), which is the reason why we can and will not comment on this matter. We do not want to categorically exclude the possibility of timed exclusives for any of our games in the future, but speaking in the here and now, we definitely want to have the players choose the platform of their liking and make our portfolio available to as many outlets as possible.”
And let’s stop right at the sister company term because that is outright false from the mouth of THQ Nordic. In February 2018, just as Kingdom Come: Deliverance came out, Gamesindustry reported that THQ Nordic acquired Koch Media, which means that company isn’t their sister company but their subsidiary. Legally, that is the right term to use, no matter how we look at it, even if there’s also this quote: „Koch Media […] will continue to operate as a separate entity to THQ Nordic.” THQ Nordic could have stepped in, but they didn’t. (Otherwise why would have the Austrians purchase the Germany-based company?)
So THQ Nordic doesn’t get involved with the situation…