The expanding world of the Metro series is coming to next-gen consoles. Metro Exodus, the third game in 4A Games' Metro series, is coming to Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 in 2021, and the studio is also looking ahead to the future of the Metro series, which includes a new game and possible multiplayer.
In a new blog cleebrating the 10th anniversary of the Metro series of games, 4A Games details what will be coming in the next-gen upgrade. While there's no firm date set yet, the next-gen version of Metro Exodus will have a faster frame rate, increased resolution, reduced loading times, and of course, ray tracing.
These versions will be free to any existing owners of Metro Exodus on current-gen consoles, and if you've yet to pick up the game, you can still buy it now and play the next-gen version when it launches in 2021.
While the feature list for Metro Exodus might sound pretty standard for a next-gen upgrade, the Metro series is fairly notorious for its graphical prowess. From the monsters of Metro 2033 and Last Light to the open-air wastelands of Metro Exodus, the games just look good, and seeing how the new crop of consoles handle Exodus might be worth a replay.
That's not all that's in store for the Metro series, though. 4A Games looks ahead to the future in the latter part of its blog, starting off by confirming that "it's no secret" that the studio is already working on the next Metro game. Set for next-gen consoles and PC, there's not much more to announce, other than that 4A Games is working towards delivering a great story-driven single-player experience.
The last point is notable, because 4A Games goes on to say that its partnership with Saber, both of which are now under the Embracer Group umbrella, is allowing the studio to explore something it's never been able to: a multiplayer Metro experience. As a smaller studio, it wasn't something 4A could justify, but now it's looking at the idea.
4A Games reassures that this won't be a "box-ticking exercise;" whatever it does, it won't be the detriment of the single-player side, and 4A says it will need a dedicated team on the multiplayer side. It also clarifies that none of this means that the next Metro will be multiplayer only, or even have both single and multiplayer in the same package.
Finally, 4A Games says it's also working on exploring new projects, which could include a new property that can sit alongside the Metro series. Over the last decade, 4A Games has gradually made a name for itself with the Metro series, and while there's certainly more of that in the future, it's exciting to see this studio start to expand its reach and explore new ways it can create.