Deep Silver canceled the loading of the Metro Exodus Steam keys sold through key resellers after they discovered that the keys were stolen from the box-lined factory. Metro Exodus switched Epic Games Store exclusivity late enough in the development that they produced physical copies of the computer created for Steam, then exchanged Steam Keys for Epic Keys and put epic stickers over the Steam logo. It is obvious that some crook has picked up these abandoned Steam keys to sell them, and Deep Silver has understood that they have already removed these keys by removing the Steam library from the players who bought them. Steam, the game is still on Steam because Deep Silver has sold pre-orders for Steam. You can no longer buy it directly, but if you get a Steam key elsewhere, you can activate it in Steam and continue to receive updates and DLC. For people who prefer to use Steam by the Epic customer, or just as a rarity, it's obviously worth changing the gray market.
While there are legitimate Metro Exodus Steam Keys, still floating around, purchased by authorized dealers, Deep Silver says they cancel the "illegal stolen keys". They do not say whether the keys were physically printed items taken from the boxes or removed from a printer list, but I guess this distinction is a matter for the authorities. Deep Silver explained on Thursday:
"These keys were illegally obtained from the factory where the physical key printing was performed prior to the announcement of exclusive rights with Epic Games, because of the criminal nature of these keys, all unlicensed keys were deactivated and activation / downloading Metro Exodus with no executable is no longer possible. In addition, the software will be removed from the Steam library of all players using unauthorized code. The keys sold on this platform are stolen and therefore illegal.
Which, yes, is fair enough. No matter how much you feel about moving to Epic's exclusivity, it seems quite a case that someone sells stolen goods. I suppose they could leave them active as a gesture of goodwill, but they still can have those wildlife keys that still make money for the thief. And they will not give you the money because they have never received it.
"If you've been affected, we strongly recommend contacting the seller who sold your unlicensed key and asked for a refund," says Deep Silver. Good luck with this.
This is partly the reason why I do not use unauthorized key distributor sites, I just do not know where the keys come from or why they're cheap. Given that I've seen a lot of people say they paid more than the normal £ 50 price to get Steam Metro Exodus or were ready, I guess many were not even cheap.
Deep Silver officially sold the Metro Exodus Steam keys through the Humble and Razer stores, so if you have a key, you'll be fine. Elsewhere … well, you probably know if Deep Silver has canceled its key
Metro Exodus will receive a version of Steam after the expiry of one year of exclusivity so that after February 1