Metro Exodus won’t “sacrifice the classic Metro experience” for a bigger world

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Fresh air, large open vistas and the slow march of human progression. Traits that I wouldn’t exactly use to identify a Metro game. A couple of years back, Metro 2033 and its first sequel Last Light were cult favourite shooters and spiritual successors to STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl, psychological exploration games that had you eking out a life in the ruins of Moscow’s underground tunnel system long after the bombs had hit.

Bullets were now a currency, the darkness hid all manner of untold horrors around every corner and humanity had regressed to a feudal state in the aftermath of a nuclear war that had indeed assured that destruction was mutual. Metro Exodus looks like it’s ready to bust out of that bunker. Revealed at the Microsoft press conference at E3 this year, Metro Exodus looks simply…bigger.

Kind of, because while Metro Exodus might have the appearance of an open-world shooter, its freedom won’t come at the cost of a diluted Metro experience. “It’s a mixture of STALKER and Metro,” 4A Games creative director Andriy Prokhorov said to Polygon.

The core team of Metro is the same as the core team of STALKER From the beginning, we decided that it would be sort of us grabbing this experience from one game and this experience from the other and mixing them.

“We wanted to make sure that we didn’t sacrifice the classic Metro experience,” executive producer Jon Bloch added.

We have linear levels and then also non-linear levels. It still feels like a Metro game.

One of the bigger environmental changes now that the radiation has died down for protagonist Artyom and his band of survivors? The weather itself, as Metro Exodus plays out over the course of a year above ground. “You see different seasons, and we’re able to do different kinds of environments,” Bloch explained.

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In the trailer, you saw fall, and it’s already so much different than what people are used to seeing in Metro games, which is winter. So we get to do cool things like that and bring in a bunch of stuff that’s new for fans of the Metro series by default.

Metro Exodus drops in 2018, tovarishch.

Last Updated: July 3, 2017

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  • How is open world still a buzz word in the industry?? I can’t be the only one tired of it.

    • Hammersteyn

      Because Ass Creed Oranges is coming?

      • Yet people are craving more DOOM and Wolfenstein. Gimme a corridor shooter any day.

        • Hammersteyn

          I kinda agree because I’m simply loving HZD at the moment. But if Wolfenstein is even half as good as DOOM I’d preorder it now.

        • Peter Pan

          Actually, Wolfenstein: The New Colossus is up there near the top with Metro in terms of a game I am looking forward to, but not quite on the same level of excitement!

  • Hammersteyn

    *Reads ALT text.
    Jokes on you, you’re the one that keeps telling me you f***d my mom.

  • Hammersteyn

    The world needs a new STALKER game. This looks nice though, it will go down nicely with a bottle of vodka.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      This man knows what’s up.

  • Peter Pan

    I haven’t been so stoked for a game for ages!!! There is a very good chance that this will be a pre-order for me. The last pre-order I made was Horizon: Zero Dawn, and I was not disappointed.

  • yis!

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