In a recent 10th anniversary studio update 4A games promised that it will put more emphasis on the single-player story-driven component for its next Metro game which is currently in development for the PC and next-gen consoles.
The next Metro game in the franchise will also feature a completely overhauled game engine and renderer, and will take full advantage of next-gen hardware-accelerated Ray tracing as well.
As the press release reads:
“As part of a major studio update, 4A Games has also confirmed the next Metro title is in development for next generation consoles and PC. This will include a complete overhaul of the engine and renderer to take advantage of the new power, storage, and hardware supported ray tracing afforded by the new consoles”.
“Furthermore, the recently announced partnership with Saber Interactive will allow 4A Games to explore a multiplayer experience in the new Metro universe. “
“As a small studio we have never been able to do justice to these ambitions, and our ideas have never made it beyond the prototype phase,” said 4A Games. “But with Saber’s experience in online gaming, we are now actively exploring multiplayer concepts that will offer a new way to experience the world of Metro.”
While the studio also plans to add an online MP component to the game, 4A Games reassured it remains committed to the single-player experiences the series is known for. The developers have promised that the single-player campaign part of the game won’t suffer because of any of the multiplayer features.
“We’re committed to delivering a great story driven single player experience; this is what the Metro series is founded on,” 4A Games said.
“Let’s start by saying, we hear your concerns. We’re not looking at multiplayer as a box-ticking exercise, or to jump on some trend or bandwagon. As creators, we want to explore a multiplayer experience that makes complete sense in the Metro universe.”
“We’re also committed to ensuring that whatever we do, it’s not to the detriment of our single-player ambitions. We’ll need a dedicated team focused solely on the online component, and this is what our new partnership with Saber can bring; years of expertise, technology, and know-how to help us realize our ambitions.”
“As a studio, we want to constantly push ourselves to create bigger and better games, but we also listen to what the fans are saying, and we know what’s important to you. We take our responsibility to the franchise seriously, and we think you’ll be excited about our plans for the next chapter.”
Metro writer Dmitry Glukhovsky is also helping with 4A’s new game, and will write the game’s story. Back in August 2020, Embracer Group acquired the developers of Metro Exodus, 4A Games, and we already know the studio is currently working on the next Metro game.
When it comes to the Multiplayer component of the next Metro game, 4A Games said, “Our partnership with Saber will allow us to explore something that has always been an ambition for 4A Games, but something we have never been able to commit to until now: a multiplayer experience in the Metro universe.”
Lastly, the studio also plans to work on new projects and a new IP, which they hope will sit alongside the Metro series. No other hints about the new IP have been provided, but 4A confirms they now have over 150 employees over two locations.
“Finally – while we expect to be working on Metro for many years to come, we want to stretch ourselves by exploring new projects and new IP. In 2017 we released Arktika.1, a sci-fi FPS for the Oculus Rift, and our first steps towards a goal of being a multi-project studio. We now want to grow this ambition to another new AAA experience that can sit alongside the Metro series.
We’re hiring across both our Malta and Kyiv studios to help us bring these dreams to reality, so if you think you have what it takes and want to join our team, head to our careers page and apply at 4a-games.com.mt/careers !”
Here is hoping that the next Metro game in this franchise remains committed to the single-player experiences the series is known for.
As 4A games said, “We are still figuring things out, but know that we are absolutely committed to more single-player, story driven experiences in the Metro universe that our fans have come to know and love.”
Stay tuned for more!