Aren't games expensive enough for the consumer already w/ base-games, DLC's, expansion passes, annual passes, season passes, MTX's, weird pricing schemes, and other madness?
If I'm going to catch a game...you know, it's likely going to be in a sale somewhere; or in a big bundle (on Humble normally). It's just how I operate, buying so much and all.
Also, I have such a big backlog - eh, I don't know if I really need Metro: Exodus ASAP. I don't really think I do, TBH. Still need to tackle Metro: LL Redux's DLC's, TBH.
Plus, w/ Metro: Exodus's stiff requirements - yeah, probably best to wait a year until they optimize the damn thing too. Those recommended requirements, if they're to be believed to be accurate and all, are just bloody ridiculous.
Who knows, though - we've seen games overshoot on their requirements like GTA: VC and Max Payne 2 on release, way back in the day...and actually run very well on hardware b/t the minimum and recommend specs/settings.
Let's take Exodus out of the equation and just talk in generalities, are you willing to pay more for the same game to have it on Steam and if so how much more? What if pubs say they're happy doing 75% on Epic store but only 66% on on Steam. Are you willing to pay that difference for the Steam features?
Only one way to find out -- make every title on Epic cheaper (since the price on Steam is already established for that level of features). The "Steam fee" is Valve's 30% since that's already explicitly for the privilege of being on Steam's feature laden platform. Games not on Steam should be costing less, not Steam costing more than it does now.
Which, to its credit, Exodus seems to be doing so let's see if all the other publishers/games follow suit.
I don't disagree with this, even though it's the same thing in essence. Whether you say both games are 50% off and there's a Steam $5 fee or you say the game is 50% off on Epic and only 40% off on Steam. My main point is whether people really value the Steam features that much. I certainly don't. I only pay more for the convenience of having my games in one place, I couldn't care less about those features. Steam sucked up until this year and they only started upping their game because Discord came around and showed them how to do proper voice chat, regular chat, etc. I still prefer Discord over everything else.
Forums and discussions on Steam are not a feature to me but a necessity because of their piss poor CS. Why wait two weeks for some form response asking me if I turned it off and on again when I can try to fix it myself in the forums?
There's really nothing about Steam as a client that I think they do particularly well.
As far as exclusivity in general, to the people who dislike it, that's precisely why all this is a good thing. Steam was getting close to being the only player in town. If you dislike one game being exclusive to one client, imagine when you only had one client out there cornering the market? That would really suck, even if it's the client we all prefer.