Metro fans have been waiting for a new installment for five years and Awakening’s VR proposal has disappointed many. The franchises of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and Metro share many similarities, but the most crucial one is the fact that their fans have been eagerly anticipating a new installment. It’s not an exaggeration. We previously waited 16 years for STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl (due September 5, 2024) and now 5 years for Metro Awakening. The contrast comes in how the announcements for their latest releases have been received.
The fans of the Metro saga saw our desires for a new installment fulfilled during the last State of Play, although it wasn’t exactly what we expected. It was Metro Awakening, a Virtual Reality experience. While some players welcomed it with open arms, most of us were left stunned.
Awakening looks very impressive and has all the characteristic elements of the franchise. Virtual reality enthusiasts are sure to enjoy it immensely. However, it falls far short of our expectations that have been brewing for half a decade.
It’s important to note that the VR experience is provided by Vertigo Games and not from 4A Games, the developers of the original trilogy. It is a spinoff and its story takes place years before Metro 2033, in 2028, telling the adventures of another character, Sedar. It raised questions for many fans as to the whereabouts of Metro 4. The official Metro account reassured fans that Awakening is a separate project from the next main Metro game in development at 4A Games.
Wrestling with anticipation for Metro 4, it’s known that it’s still in development, and is expected to be released in 2025. There isn’t much information available beyond the official statement published the same year. As we wait for more news, we have three sublime installments and two DLCs to play as many times as we want, Metro 2033, Metro Last Light and Metro Exodus along with their DLCs The Two Colonels and Sam’s Story. The first two deliveries have a pack called Metro Redux, and Exodus has an update for the current generation.
The stories of Artyom and Sam were left open-ended to continue in a sequel, leaving fans eagerly anticipating Metro 4. So, as we await the release of Metro 4, we have these captivating predecessors to play through. Without going into spoilers, Exodus revealed that there is a world beyond Russia, hinting at a possible extension of the series to new territories.
If the trilogy falls short while you wait, you can take a look at other alternatives to scratch that post-apocalyptic itch. Both franchises share many similarities, so fans are likely to find something that will catch their interest. Are you attracted to Awakening? What are your expectations for Metro 4? Let us know!