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Metro Exodus is getting a whole bunch of fancy next-gen lighting upgrades

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Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus developer 4A Games promised a beefy upgrade for its series of spooky Russian subway adventures on the two biggest console boxes around, and well…here it is! Also don’t worry about PC, it hasn’t been forgotten about either. It’s totally in on this upgrade path and isn’t being a third wheel at all.

The list of enhancements are vast, comprehensive, and way outside of my current knowledge pool of technology, as I still think it’s 2003 and I want to hear about jaggies in PC games being diminished with anti-alien technology. Here’s the full list of what 4A is throwing at Metro and please do not turn this into a drinking game where you down a shot of Jaegermeister cough syrup whenever you spot the words ray tracing:

  • Full ray traced lighting throughout, every light source is now ray traced
  • Next-gen ray tracing and denoising
  • Next-gen temporal reconstruction technology
  • Per-pixel ray traced global illumination
  • Ray traced emissive surfaces with area shadows
  • Infinite number of ray traced light bounces
  • Atmosphere and transparent surfaces receive ray traced bounced lighting
  • Full I am so sick of typing ray tracing already lighting model support with colour bleeding for every light source
  • DX12 Ultimate support
  • GPU FP16 support and thousands of optimised shaders
  • Support for DLSS 2.0 (PC Only)
  • Field of view slider addition in main game options
  • More polish and bug fixes

So yeah, it’s all about the lighting in Metro Exodus if your PC can handle it or if you were lucky enough to grab a next-gen console. Bask in those rays, let them illuminate your mind, body, and soul while you wonder if selling your parents to Russian oligarchs with incredibly weird fetishes was worth the price.

On top of all that fancy lighting, you’ll also be able to crank out a session of Metro at 4K resolution and at 60fps on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X. Xbox Series S players will have to settle for good ol’ 1080p on this upgrade path, but 4A says they’ll be getting the lion’s share of ray tracing effects as well:

The next gen consoles will benefit from dramatically reduced loading times thanks to our use of their SSD storage optimizations, boast 4K texture packs, and a range of platform specific features including spatial audio and controller latency improvements on Xbox, and support for the haptic features of the PlayStation 5 Dual Sense controller – anyone who’s frantically tried to pump up the pressure on their Tikhar in the middle of a pitched battle will be able to imagine the kind of thing we’re aiming for.

A huge upgrade, this version of Metro Exodus will arrive in a whole new package, and PC players will be able to grab it for free if they purchased the game on any of the main event digital distribution stores. Console players will also get the free upgrade, if they already own Metro Exodus.

Last Updated: February 16, 2021


  1. I thoroughly enjoyed Metro Exodus! Definitely my favorite from the series (to be fair i played the other two games a looong time ago). Metro has atmosphere that few games have and with a extra ray of radiated ghouls or a few more lumens on your windup torch here and there i am sure it will add to that amazing gloomy futuristic experience. low to no ammo with mutated spiders swarming around in small dark building… Yes please!


  2. BradeLunner

    February 16, 2021 at 05:56

    Played this game, my first metro experience, during the early days of lockdown. It’s such a great game, you connect with the characters and really feel the atmosphere


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