It is no news that a lot of major game announcements came out of E3 2017; that’s the nature of the beast after all. Yet, this year, more so than many others in the past, came the announcements of many unexpected and relatively smaller titles. Not to say that these games are small in an independent sense, but compared to many of the major triple A titles, they are easily lost in the digital mix. One of these announcements came in the form of Metro Exodus.
Beloved by a die-hard fan base, the Metro series has continued to push forward in an ever-growing ecosystem filling to the brim with post-apocalyptic shooters. A genre that time after time consumes the middle-tier titles that cannot compete with the upper end and are viewed as lacking the charm of the independent spirit. First hitting contemporary gamers back in 2010, Metro has continued to stamp a place for itself over the years. Though widely loved, there seem to be many modern gamers lacking general knowledge of the franchise. Here is a brief summation of the franchise, from literary roots to digital masterpiece.
STARTING ON THE PAGE
Back in 2005, Eksmo, Orionbooks released the first novel in the series, Metro 2033, by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. The narrative told as a series of short stories tied together follows the adventures of 20-year-old Artyom. Set in 2033, twenty years after a global nuclear war, settlements of people driven underground into the subway system fight for continual survival.
The popularity of this first novel spawned two direct sequels, Metro 2034 and Metro 2035. Outside of this, dozens of other novels set in different places from various authors have been released, fleshing out the universe to a nearly full extent. As far as literary works, these are some of the greatest unsung heroes had not impacted the West as much as they deserve.
Releasing in 2010, coinciding with the Western release of the books, the first video game hit the storefront. Metro 2033 follows the general story from the novel. Taking the role as Artyom, after an attack by the mysterious dark ones, you are sent into the horrific post-war world in search of aid from the rangers beyond the Red-Line and the Fourth Reich. Though similar to many post-apocalyptic first-person shooters on paper, Metro 2033 adds a rich story with stunning and haunting atmosphere creating a truly unique experience.
FOLLOWING THE MELTDOWN
Four years later, Metro: Last Light released as a sequel to the video game Metro 2033. Picking up the story one year after the events of the first game, you continue as Artyom. Though the first game was extremely influenced by the first book for the story, the second game does not directly coincide with Metro 2034. In this story, Artyom discoveries the survival of a dark one and is sent on a journey to attempt communication to further the survival of mankind.
A MASS DEPARTURE
The third installment, Metro Exodus is set to release in 2018. So far it has been established that the game will jump to 2036 and continue the tale of Artyom as he leaves the underground network of subterranean civilization and the gas-bombed lands above to scavenge and span the entire continent for a new, larger scale journey.
Things in the future are always uncertain, but history has taught us that the Metro franchise has a way to carve out a niche and plant a flag in an ever-populating market. As one of the bigger surprises to come out of E3 2017, Metro Exodus has created quite a buzz throughout the subway system.