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Metro 2033 strategy game now available on Android and iOS (correction)

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You can play a new Metro game, but it's not a first-person experience developed by the people behind Metro 2033 or Metro: Last Light. Mobile publisher TapStar Interactive recently launched Metro 2033: Wars on Android and iOS, and it's a very different kind of game than the shooters you may have played.

Metro 2033: Wars is a turn-based open-world strategy game, according to its descriptions in the iTunes App Store and on Google Play. Players attempt to survive in a post-nuclear Moscow in which most inhabitants have retreated underground into the city's subway, the Metro. In order to do so, they'll have to gather resources so they can trade with, fight or commandeer as many as 189 Metro stations run by 24 different factions.

Just like 4A Games' Metro shooters for consoles and Windows PC, Metro 2033: Wars is based on the acclaimed Metro 2033 series of science fiction novels by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. Metro 2033: Wars was developed by DaSuppaStudios, the Moscow-based company behind Gemz and other mobile games. TapStar appears to have soft-launched Metro 2033: Wars — the company has responded to a few tweets about the game over the past month, saying that the "official launch" is set for Dec. 17. The game is currently available on Android and iOS for $7.99.

We've reached out to TapStar for more details, and will update this article with any information we receive.

Correction: A TapStar representative reached out to Polygon to note that Metro 2033: Wars does not, in fact, offer in-app purchases, contrary to the Google Play listing. Buying the game for $7.99 gets you the whole game. We've edited the article to reflect this.

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