Picture the scene. You're crawling through a dark, murky metro station, the walls and floors left to decay at the mercy of the harsh and unforgiving forces of nature. The rail lines are all but abandoned, and giant, mutant rodents inhabit the ruins of this old, sprawling network of tunnels and passageways.
Now, without any context, that would just seem like an average day on the New York subway, but you'll be happy to know there's no "subway simulator" coming out any time soon.
No, the scene you just pictured was just a glimpse of the world of Metro Exodus, one of E3's biggest surprise announcements so far, and one which has just blown away the post apocalypse genre competition at the world-famous gaming convention. And there have been a helluva lot of big surprise announcements.
But What Is The 'Metro' Series All About?
The #Metro series tells the story of post-apocalyptic Moscow, where the citizens of the old world fled to the metro tunnels to take shelter from a global nuclear holocaust. The world on the surface is shattered, ravaged by the bombs and plagued with the horrors of a never-ending nuclear winter.
The series is dark and gritty. You won't get any Fallout-esque wackiness here, just blood, mud, radiation, and chaos. Sounds lovely, right?
The predecessors of the series, Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light, were both critically acclaimed for their storytelling prowess, alongside their impressive horror elements and immersive gameplay features. They still stand out in the first person shooter genre for having top tier single player campaigns.
'Metro Exodus' Will Take The Player On a Journey
With a new installment comes a new adventure for Artyom, the hero of the Metro universe and the protagonist in #MetroExodus. According to the Steam page, the story of Metro Exodus will be as follows:
The year is 2036.
A quarter-century after nuclear war devastated the earth, a few thousand survivors still cling to existence beneath the ruins of Moscow, in the tunnels of the Metro.
They have struggled against the poisoned elements, fought mutated beasts and paranormal horrors, and suffered the flames of civil war.
But now, as Artyom, you must flee the Metro and lead a band of Spartan Rangers on an incredible, continent-spanning journey across post-apocalyptic Russia in search of a new life in the East.
As well as this, the game will feature an incredibly immersive world, expanding upon the previous games' linear structure to incorporate a higher level of exploration and a bigger focus on sandbox survival gameplay. The game is unlikely to be fully open-world, but 4A Games promise that players will be able to:
Explore the Russian wilderness across vast, non-linear levels and follow a thrilling story-line that spans an entire year through spring, summer and autumn to the depths of nuclear winter.
The Steam page for the game confirms that the game will also include full day/night cycles, a deeper crafting system, and a focus on player choice and the consequences of each player's actions.
So, move aside Fallout, because Metro's back, and this time, it means business.
What do you think of Metro Exodus, and will you be picking it up when it finally releases? Let us know in the comments below!
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