Metro Book Series Author Confirms Involvement with the Next Metro Game


Following the confirmation of a sequel to Metro Exodus, Dmitry Glukhovsky, author of the Metro book series, has confirmed his involvement in the next game’s story via Instagram.

The last Metro game that Glukhovsky was involved in was Metro: Last Light, which was released back in 2013. Additionally, Glukhovsky was involved in Metro 2033‘s story. In his place, Andrew Prokhorov took care of Metro Exodus’ story. There’s no word on if the next Metro game will be based on another Metro novel or not.

The Metro book series kicked off back in 2002 with Metro 2033, followed by Metro 2034 in 2009, and Metro 2035 in 2015. The novels were extremely popular in Russia and they weren’t as popular in North America. Since Glukhovsky wasn’t involved in writing Metro Exodus, it’s unclear if he was working on another Metro novel.

Metro Exodus launched back in February and it went onto have THQ Nordic’s largest launch in the company’s history. Additionally, The Two Colonels, the game’s next DLC, will be shown off at Gamescom next Monday. With its incredible graphics and atmosphere, Metro Exodus is up there as one of my favorite games of the year. Between its new DLC and the game’s sequel coming in the next couple years, I’m so excited to experience more of what the Metro series has to offer.

While we wait for the next Metro game, Metro Exodus is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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New Metro Title Confirmed to be In Development at 4A Games


Following the release of Metro Exodus in February of this year, developer 4A Games and publisher Deep Silver announced that the studio was already hard at work on its next project. While they didn’t say at the time of this announcement what this next game would be, today, we’ve now apparently figured that out.

During THQ Nordic’s investor presentation earlier today, it was stated that 4A Games’ next title will indeed continue to be rooted in the Metro franchise. Since founding in 2006, the studio has worked exclusively on the franchise and has to this date released Metro 2033Metro Last Light, and Metro Exodus.

Considering how much of a success Metro Exodus was for Deep Silver and THQ Nordic, it shouldn’t come as much of a shock that the franchise will be continuing. Exodus was the biggest launch that THQ Nordic has ever had when it released earlier in 2019. The series is only continuing to get bigger and better as time goes on and with the prospect of next-gen platforms arriving next year, it should be interesting to see what 4A Games can do with the shooter series next.

As of now, Metro Exodus is available now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. At the time, 4A Games is still working on the game’s expansion pass content which is set to continue staggering out into 2020.

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Metro Exodus Expansion Pass Content Revealed


Following the release of Metro Exodus earlier this year, Deep Silver and 4A Games have today announced details of the game’s upcoming expansion pass.

Metro Exodus is set to receive two new pieces of DLC as part of the expansion pass, each of which will focus on characters other than that of Artyom, the protagonist in the main game. The first of these two new content drops, called The Two Colonels, will arrive this summer and will follow the story of Colonel Khlebnikov as he works his way home towards his son underneath the city of Novosibirsk. This narrative is then seen through the eyes of Colonel Miller a year later and will feature new environments and new weapons like the flamethrower.

The second piece of add-on content is called Sam’s Story and will be arriving early in 2020. This DLC story will follow a United States marine named Sam who is looking for a way to get back home and find out if his family is still alive. Sam’s Story will take place in what is said to be a survival sandbox level that is based on Vladivostok.

Per usual with DLC of this kind, both stories will be available for purchase separately or as part of the expansion pass for Metro Exodus. Currently, the expansion pass for the game will set you back $24.99. While individual prices for each additional chapter haven’t been given yet, I’d imagine they’re each about $14.99.

If you’re looking to finally pick up the base game of Metro Exodus, it’s available now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Metro Exodus Sales Are Over 2.5 Times Higher on Epic Games Store Than Metro: Last Light’s Steam Launch


With the debut of the Epic Games Store back in December of last year, Epic Games made a direct line for grabbing major exclusives to debut on their digital store front, such as the anticipated Metro Exodus most recently. According to some new stats shared by Epic Games, clearly the move to making the latest entry in the series an Epic Games Store exclusive seems to have paid off.

During GDC 2019, Epic Games shared some info on several of the games that it had in the pipeline that are going to debut as timed exclusives on Epic Games Store. Outside of the titles that are confirmed as EGS exclusives, such as Control and The Outer Worlds, the company also took to sharing some of the stats behind one of its recent exclusives, Metro Exodus, and how it has fared since coming to EGS as an exclusive.

Overall, Metro Exodus so far has reached sales over 2.5 times the amount that the series’ last entry, 2013’s Metro: Last Light, reached when it debuted on Steam in the same period of time. Though exact numbers haven’t been revealed just yet for the title, it’s at least a sign that Metro Exodus seems to have reaped the benefits of taking a risk and being made an EGS exclusive.

Alongside this stat, Epic Games Store also shared that two of its recent titles made free to Epic Games Store users, Subnautica and Slime Rancher, both surpassed over 4.5 million downloads during the two weeks that they were made available to players to grab for free.

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Metro Exodus Developer Has No Intention to Abandon PC Gamers


Metro Exodus developer 4A games can’t seem to get a break. Following a decision made by Koch Media and Deep Silver to move Metro Exodus to Epic Games Store as a one-year timed exclusive, their work is taking the brunt of the blow. In a recent comment, developer 4A games has reaffirmed that the decision to move to Epic Games Store was out of their control and they will always plan for PC versions of the game — despite a statement from a developer in their ranks.

The comment was prompted due to anger among the community following a standalone statement from a 4A developer. In a statement from his personal account on a Russian forum, an employee from the studio gave a soft threat that if Steam supporters boycott purchasing Metro Exodus due to the exclusivity deal with Epic Games Store, the next Metro game would not come to PC.

This was obviously not taken well among the community at large, who feels jaded by the fact that the game — which had been available for pre-order on Steam for an extended period — was being moved to a new marketplace. The move was called “unfair” by Valve in a statement on the game’s page, which would later get “review bombed” en masse in Steam.

Therefore, in order to clear the air, developer 4A Games (via the official Metro Exodus Twitter account) issued a statement moments ago:

First, 4A Games reaffirmed the previously announced note that the decision to move the upcoming title to Epic Games Store was a business decision by Koch Media and Deep Silver alone. As they mentioned before, they had no part in those plans.

More directly, they don’t deny that the mysterious forum writer was in fact a 4A Games employee. However, they do note that the comments in no way reflect the opinions of the whole studio or Deep Silver, but instead were borne of the “hurt and disappointment of a passionate individual” watching goodwill fade behind a project they have worked on.

Even better, 4A Games noted that they “have every intention of continuing this franchise, and a PC version will always be at the heart of [their] plans.” In any case, if you were concerned that the studio would be pulling their games (present or future) from the platform, you have nothing to worry about. Of course, like the shift to Epic Games Store, the business decision of such a promise may be out of their hands.

If you are looking to support 4A Games in the face of the backlash, Metro Exodus is available on February 15 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. You can pre-order the game here on Amazon if you haven’t already. Meanwhile, take a look at the brand new Uncovered trailer below that explains the premise of the game and series:

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[UPDATED] Metro Exodus Author Appears to Be Conflicted on Epic Games Store Exclusive Shift


Update: It appears that Dmitry Glukhovsky has added more opinions on the matter, both positive and negative.

When told that the move was really bad decision on the part of THQ Nordic, he seems to come to their defense saying that he didn’t believe Steam “gives [a] shit”:

why? I think Epic will everything to help, and I did not have an impression that Steam gives shit

He even seems to dunk on gamers that aren’t comfortable on switching stores. A commenter was discussing the weird dissonance between the game’s announcement celebration and those rallying against the game for having to switch storefronts. According to Glukhovsky, the complainers “because they want to download for free and are looking for an excuse.”

However, he makes it a point that the management decisions are not on him:

I am not responsible for publisher’s business decisions, I do my own little thing – imagine worlds

Original reporting follows:


There’s been a lot of chatter about Metro Exodus being made an Epic Games Store exclusive, enough for some people to be against the idea of limiting the PC version of the title. Some are also for the move stating that Valve’s Steam finally has some competition. Of course, what does the author of the Metro 2033 universe think of this?

Dmitry Glukhovsky, the writer of the Metro 2033 novels —that the games are based on— and Co-Creator of Metro Exodus has expressed his thoughts on the platform shift in an Instagram post on his glukhovsky profile. He posted a new photo featuring the train that we’ve seen in the trailers recently, with the caption, “Apparently the Steam was not enough for our steam train”. You’ll find the original post embedded at the bottom of this post.

While not much, dipping into the comments finds a mixed response with users defending the move, others against it. It appears as if Dmitry responded to a users comment as shown in the below Reddit screenshot via Game Watcher. The user commented saying, “Lol you’re killing your own franchise” to which Glukhovsky responded, “no, I am standing by and watching it being killed”. However, the response has since been deleted, but we can see the response below.

That post from Dmitri Glukhovsky though…. from r/metro2033

It certainly seems as if the author is none too happy, although more detailed reasons why are not known.

If you’re wanting to be up-to-date on this situation surrounding Metro Exodus, then on January 28, publisher Deep Silver announced that Metro Exodus would be an Epic Games Store exclusive, at least for a year. Steam pre-orders would still be honored. Steam dubbed the move as “Unfair” to customers. Today we’ve learned that Koch Media, the Metro IP holder were the ones responsible for the shift to the Epic Games Store. Additionally, physical PC copies of the title will now ship with an Epic Key.

Metro Exodus is due to launch on February 15 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

 

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Apparently the Steam was not enough for our steam train // Выпускаем пар!

A post shared by Dmitry Glukhovsky / Глуховский (@glukhovsky) on Jan 30, 2019 at 12:51am PST

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THQ Nordic Says Metro Exodus PC Exclusivity on Epic Games Store Was Decided by Koch Media


With just a few weeks left until its release, anticipation is running high for the upcoming Metro Exodus as the latest installment in the post-apocalyptic shooter series. However, an eleventh hour decision to shift the game’s PC release exclusively to the Epic Games Store has been met with controversy in the past week, with the decision appearing to come from its IP holder, Koch Media.

Following the news last week that Metro Exodus would be releasing exclusively on the Epic Games Store for PC players at launch (one which Valve commented was “unfair”), THQ Nordic explained its role in the decision regarding this exclusivity in a series of tweets.

The short answer is that the company — which acquired Metro IP holder Koch Media and publisher Deep Silver last year — didn’t have direct involvement in the decision to make the title exclusive to the Epic Games Store on PC. Instead, that decision rested solely with Koch Media, as the franchise is completely under their direction as far as intellectual property is concerned.

In a subsequent tweet, THQ Nordic clarified that while they “do not want to categorically exclude the possibility of timed exclusives for any of our games in the future,” the company claimed that it does (currently) seek to give players the ability to “choose the platform of their liking and make our portfolio available to as many outlets as possible.”

From the outside looking in, it appears that the situation regarding Metro Exodus‘s PC exclusivity was a matter outside of THQ Nordic’s control, despite them being the now-parent company of Koch Media and Deep Silver. That being the case, it seems more that THQ Nordic is trying to distance themselves from this business decision, though not necessarily ruling out that we may not see more timed-exclusive releases from the company’s properties, which now includes Saint’s Row and Dead Island in addition to the Metro franchise.

Metro Exodus will release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on February 15, 2019. If you have yet to pick up a copy of the game yet before launch, you can do that now over on Amazon. For more on the game, you can also read our recent hands-on preview impressions of Metro Exodus.

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Physical Metro Exodus Pre-Orders Will Grant You a “Creatures of Post-Apocalyptic Russia” Poster


After a week of reveals, 4A Games and Deep Silver announced their last reveal for this week today stating that all physical pre-orders for Metro Exodus will come with a panoramic poster. This poster features all of the creatures you’ll be faced against in the upcoming post-apocalyptic first-person title.

The poster features a large range of creatures that are shown in their habitats. Additionally, the poster includes a numbered list with each creatures species name. Next to the creature is the corresponding number.

No dimensions have been revealed yet, but you can view the poster below both in the gallery and also through the official Tweet.

The title of the poster is, “Creatures of Post-Apocalyptic Russia”, and is included with “all first-run physical copies of Metro Exodus, in both Standard and Aurora Limited Editions”. Those who have already pre-ordered a physical copy from any retailer will still get the poster included when they go to pick it up.

Regarding platforms, all Xbox One pre-orders, be that physical or digital, will get a free copy of Metro 2033 Redux. PS4 pre-orders, digital or physical will include a dynamic theme, and all PC pre-orders, both Steam and physical, will get a digital art book and the OST.

The planned week of reveals is now over, with Monday announcing that Metro Exodus will launch with a photo mode for all platforms. Then we saw a story trailer that was narrated by the protagonist’s wife, Anna.

We also saw the limited by very lovely looking Artyom Custom Edition version of Metro Exodus. Yesterday we saw a documentary series launch which goes into the history of 4A Games and the game’s development.

You’ll find yourself playing as Artyom who attempts to flee from the post-apocalyptic wasteland with his band of Spartan Rangers as they all search for a better life. The game is a first-person story-driven title which takes place in an open-world inspired by the novels of Dmitry Glukhovsky.

If you want to pre-order Metro Exodus you can do so through Amazon. It’ll be available February 15 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

Metro Exodus Creatures Map tease

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Inside Xbox Preview Trailer Teases Devil May Cry V, Forza Horizon 4, The Division 2, and More


At 10:30 ET tomorrow, Microsoft will hold August’s Inside Xbox livestream from Cologne, Germany just before Gamescom. This will likely be the biggest Inside Xbox yet being so close to a major event for Microsoft, showcasing several upcoming titles and unveiling updates for games that are already available. Today, Microsoft released a trailer that gives us a better idea of what games we can expect to see during this Inside Xbox livestream.

When it comes to unreleased titles, we will be learning more about Forza Horizon 4, Metro Exodus, Fallout 76, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, andDevil May Cry 5. All of these games are playable on the show floor, so we will likely be getting more in-depth looks at gameplay for the aforementioned titles. The video also confirms that we will be learning about this month’s Xbox Game Pass lineup, which will hopefully have some cool additions.

That being said, Microsoft hasn’t forgotten about other titles that they have released this year. The trailer confirms that Sea of Thieves: Forsaken Shores, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and State of Decay 2 will be present during tomorrow’s Inside Xbox livestream. There are likely some other unannounced titles that weren’t teased in this video, and you can be sure that DualShockers will be covering those titles as during the livestream tomorrow.

You can check out the Inside Xbox: Live @ Gamescom trailer below. If you can’t wait and want to buy an Xbox right now, you can also do so on Amazon.


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