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Game Awards’ Metro Exodus trailer looks for hope where there is none

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‘I want to believe there’s a world out there’

Six months after debuting the first gameplay footage at E3, developer 4A Games brought a brand new trailer of its upcoming Metro game, Metro Exodus, to The Game Awards. It can be seen above.

In the trailer, the world is quiet. Everyone is gone. There are only a few people living in a wasteland version of Moscow. The only living creatures are mutates monsters.

Metro Exodus is the most ambitious Metro game the studio has ever worked on, producer John Bloch said during a gameplay demo session on Twitch during E3. Bloch confirmed at the time that Metro Exodus begins in Moscow, and characters will play as Artyom. The game picks up directly where Metro: Last Light’s enlightened ending, the last game in the franchise, which was released in 2013.

Players will eventually leave Moscow and explore new regions in Metro Exodus, with weather patterns changing depending on the season. Despite the new changes in temperature and unfamiliar settings, Bloch also confirmed players will encounter friendly faces from previous entries in the series.

The game will also allow players more freedom to explore open worlds than previous titles have, but Bloch said people will still get to experience an overarching narrative that tells a specific story. The details of that story are limited at this time.

Metro Exodus will be released in 2018 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.