Of course, eye-candy is just one piece of the Metro Exodus puzzle and the new instalment in the franchise that sprouted from Dmitry Glukhovsky's books will see 4A Games pull off a few narrative shake-ups too, bringing back Anna from M2035.
Anna has in the meantime become Artyom's wife and Metro Exodus is the first title in 4A Games' franchise that leaves Moscow's claustrophobic underground subway for the great outdoors. Well, great will probably be a matter of perspective and the number of hostiles, but close enough.
As you can see for yourself, Metro Exodus is already one sweet looking package, which is only fitting considering the standards set by some of its predecessors. We're not talking just about polygon counts and fancy names for sparks - 4A's obvious attention to detail suggests we'll be seeing the most comprehensive Metro experience yet.
Speaking of the launch, 4A Games were looking to have out before the end of 2018 but eventually pushed it back to the first quarter of 2019. Other than granting the dev some extra development time, the team also managed to evade direct competition with the likes of Red Dead Redemption 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, as their hype will have subsided by the time it hits the shelves
The dev provided a fixed date too and we'll have to wait until 15 February 2019 before we can have Artyom carelessly prancing around the snowy landscapes above. These bears definitely look friendly and intelligent enough to make snow angels with, no?
Being an irradiated wasteland and all, the world of Metro Exodus has no shortage of mutated creatures and you can snag a peek at a few in our gallery below. 4A Games are showing off some NPCs too - Stepan, the muscle, Sam, former US Embassy guard, Kazahstani medic Damir, resident philosopher ironically called Idiot and train-expert Yermak. Not to mention that Aurora looks like one seriously cozy place.
Metro Exodus' team also included a bug of some sort and judging by the size, it's probably Bethesda's, wink wink. Also, I was joking about the bears - the darn things are almost impervious to bullets, so yeah, no snow angels.