Dmitry Glukhovsky, the man behind the entire Metro universe, recently discussed working on Metro Exodus and 4A Games, saying he'd rather work with talented people and give them freedom than work with idiots and control their every step.
As you can see, Glukhovsky isn't the one to mince words, which can be really refreshing in this day and age and something he doesn't seem to be willing to compromise on. Thankfully.
Not many people are aware that the entire franchise started as a pet project, with Glukhovsky posting chapters online, for free, which is about the time when 4A approached him.
"I was really excited because I already, by the rights of my birth, belong to the generation that fucking loves video games", Glukhovsky said. It all evolved into a love story between the rapidly expanding books and games, as well as between Glukhovsky and 4A Games.
Of course, every relationship is bound to have friction and Metro was no exception but Glukhovsky insists it was never about finance - it was always over creative choices. Nevertheless, he never sought to control 4A's team, fully trusting their creative capabilities.
"Working with talented people and giving them freedom is way better than working with idiots and controlling every step they make", Glukhovsky said in his trademark candid style, before adding, "My relationship with 4A Games is a love story. Every love story has its ups and downs, but we have three kids in common so it's a long-term love."
Glukhovsky is under no illusions that the game helped popularise the books, even mentioning that pirating of the game in certain, less accessible corners of the globe also went a long way towards making Metro books sought after items.
Glukhovski argues that the video games industry would do well to consider other pieces of literary real estate, because they're well developed worlds, with actual relatable stories, something he thinks many games lack.
"Just a mere action plot is not enough to grasp your attention for a long time when you're 37. How long can you murder those Nazis? It gets boring after a while", Glukhovski said.
You can find the full interview here.