Deep Silver, 4A Games and whoever else is commandeering the Metro ship these days, have rolled out a lengthy trailer for Metro Exodus, which will tell you just about everything you need to know about the upcoming Epic Games Store exclusive.
Metro Exodus's story picks up after the events in Metro: Last Light - Redemption so the game is set in post-apocalyptic Moscow in the year 2036, almost quarter of a century after a nuclear war left the planet in ruins.
Just like in the earlier instalments, players will be taking on the role of Artyom, who's now 28 years old and married. If you've been following the franchise, or reading Dmitry Glukhovsky's Metro books for that matter, you'll be familiar with his wife Anna, the Spartan Rangers' deadly sniperette.
Longtime fans of the series won't have trouble picking up where they left off as Metro Exodus still relies on the combination of stealth and raw power, along with survival elements, courtesy of the harsh nuclear winter.
That's about as far as in-house comparisons go because unlike its predecessors, Metro Exodus will finally see Artyom leave the claustrophobic corridors of Moscow's Metro, exchanging them for some gorgeous in-game locations.
4A Games said on numerous occasions that Metro Exodus is their most ambitious project so far and the trailer's narrative seems to agree. "You won't find pointless fetch quests or busywork in Metro's vast open levels - every objective is narrative driven and woven seamlessly into the main story", the company said.
Metro Exodus sports dynamic weather, day/night cycles, anomalies, toxic zones and plenty of enemies to kill or sneak by, while providing players with a bunch of crafting options. The game's new crafting mechanic allows for constructing anything from gas mask filters and medkits to weapons, with more options available as you progress through the game.
Last but not the least is the Aurora, the locomotive that serves as a home and base of operations for Metro Exodus players, as well as a good place to find out more about the lore behind the game.
Metro Exodus is slated for launch on 15 February 2019, with the platforms of choice being Epic's Game Store, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.