Just weeks away from the release of Metro Exodus, publisher Deep Silver has announced the game will be exclusive to the Epic Store for one year.

"Epic's generous revenue terms are a game changer that will allow publishers to invest more into content creation, or pass on savings to the players," said Deep Silver CEO Dr. Klemens Kundratitz.

"By teaming up with Epic we will be able to invest more into the future of Metro and our ongoing partnership with series developer 4A Games, to the benefit of our Metro fans."

The title will return to Steam and other digital store fronts on February 14 2020.

Those with pre-orders elsewhere will receive their copy from the store of their choice, while physical copies are also still an option.

This deal represents another coup for Epic, after stealing The Division 2 away from Steam earlier this month.

Understandably, Steam is less than impressed with the deal.

"We think the decision to remove the game is unfair to Steam customers, especially after a long pre-sale period," the store said.

"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."

Epic launched its digital game store in early December, enticing developers by offering a considerably larger cut from sales.