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Metro: Last Light Gets a Release Date
After a long-troubled process with liscences and THQ’s eventual shutdown, a light has appeared at the end of the tunnel for post-apocalyptic shooter Metro: Last Light.
The game is set to be released in North America on May 14, with a release in Europe following shortly after on the 17th on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
Metro: Last Light is the sequel to Metro 2033 that sees survivors of the nuclear apocalypse taking to the underground tunnels of Moscow in order to survive. The game puts players in control of Artyom, a man struggling to survive as he fights mutants and tries to stop a civil war.
The Metro series is known for having a haunting first-person atmosphere featuring fantastic visuals and fast-paced combat. Last Light looks to make a return to this, bringing its own unique take on atmosphere and exploration to throw into the mix.
The future for the Metro series was uncertain a few weeks ago, as the property was caught in the crossfire of THQ’s bankruptcy and eventual shutdown. While it isn’t the most successful game in THQ’s library, it was no less a valuable asset whose future sparked much discussion and speculation.
During the auction for THQ’s assets, Koch Media came forward and made the purchase for the series along with the Saint’s Row franchise. The move was a surprising one, as Koch Media is the parent company of Dead Island publisher Deep Silver, a relatively new publisher who hadn’t tasted large-scale success until the release of the 2011 zombie-killing RPG.
The acquisition of the Metro franchise shows that the company is aggressively pursuing bigger franchises in an effort to grow and become even more successful with established game franchises in today’s market. Of course, only time will tell if they manage to succeed, but it’s a fascinating prospect nonetheless.
While post-apocalyptic games are a common occurrence in today’s market, it’s the survival horror elements of Metro that set it apart and make it stand out from the likes of Fallout and Rage. If you’re a fan of post-apocalyptic settings, mutants, or being depressed, make sure to check out more about the game in the trailer below: