Deep Silver and 4A Games unveiled a gameplay trailer for Metro Exodus at the Microsoft Xbox Conference of E3 2018. Sharing a fresh glimpse at the stunning and brutal world that awaits players in Metro Exodus, the third installment in the critically-acclaimed series set in post-apocalyptic Moscow as envisioned in the novels by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky.

The gameplay footage was captured from a single massive sandbox survival area and follows Artyom and the band of Spartans as they smash into the Volga region during the post-apocalyptic Russian spring. The Volga region of Russia encompasses the drainage basin of Europe’s largest river and is packed with dangerous bandits, a fanatic religious cult, and a range of vicious mutants desperate to make Artyom their next meal. 4A Games have re-imagined the landscape of the eastern European plains in awe-inspiring detail, including the flooded remains of villages and factories where life was forever changed 25 years previously. “4A are extremely proud to be showing 4K gameplay of one of our vast open levels exclusively on the world’s biggest video games stage,” said Andriy Prokhorov, Creative Director and co-founder at 4A Games. “We can’t wait to reveal more of Artyom’s journey in the coming months.”

“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. Metro Exodus is an epic, story-driven first person shooter from 4A Games that blends deadly combat and stealth with exploration and survival horror in one of the most immersive game worlds ever created.”

The player 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. It will also be possible to board the Aurora, a heavily modified steam locomotive, and join a handful of survivors as they search for a new life in the East. It will feature “huge, non-linear levels” in “Sandbox Survival,” a gripping story linking together classic Metro gameplay. The game world will “beautiful and hostile” in the Russian wilderness, brought to life with day-night cycles and dynamic weather. Combat will feature the traditional first-person shooter, but also stealth, with scavenging and crafting in the field to customize the arsenal of hand-made weaponry, engaging both human and mutant foes in tactical combat. Choices determine the fate of your comrades, not all companions will survive the journey. Decisions have consequences in this gripping storyline, offering “massive re-playability”.

Metro: Exodus is confirmed for launch on Microsoft Windows, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on February 22, 2019.

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Richard Costa

Staff Writer

Ape meets keyboard. Hack for hire, recovering academic and RPG enthusiast who started gaming on MSX in the late 80s, then witnessed the glorious 90s on PC.