Metro 2033 gets release date, limited edition

THQ’s upcoming shooter Metro 2033 is slightly more upcoming than we had anticipated. The Russian-themed post-apocalyptic FPS has just been announced for a March 16 release date in North America. Europe will be getting the game on March 19.

A limited edition version of the game has also been announced, which strikes me as arrogant for a fresh IP, but there you are. The special edition comes with an exclusive in-game weapon and four art cards.

Metro 2033 is based on a cult Russian novel of the same name. It revolves around a group of societies that have formed within underground metro stations after the end of the world. There are lots of gas masks, mutants, and neo Nazis. Should be a damn good game.

We’re checking Metro 2033 out today and will be able to let you know just how good it is. Stay tuned for that!

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. January 28th, 2010 – THQ Inc. today announced that Metro 2033TM, the hotly anticipated first person shooter for Xbox 360® and PC, is scheduled to reach North American stores on March 16th, and European stores on March 19th 2010.

A Limited Edition will be available for both formats, including an exclusive in-game weapon – the formidable automatic shotgun – and four art cards by the Russian painter Anton Grechko, who was commissioned to create a range of artwork inspired by the universe of Metro 2033.

Standard and Limited Edition versions of Metro 2033 are available to pre-order now, with selected retailers offering free Metro 2033 themed Xbox LIVE® Avatar items with every pre-order.

For the latest Metro 2033 news, visit Metro2033Game.com, follow Twitter.com/Metro2033 or become a fan at Facebook.com/Metro2033.

About Metro 2033

Set in the shattered subway of a post apocalyptic Moscow, Metro 2033 is a story of intensive underground survival where the fate of mankind rests in your hands.

In 2013, the world was devastated by an apocalyptic event, annihilating almost all mankind and turning the earth’s surface into a poisonous wasteland. A handful of survivors took refuge in the depths of the Moscow underground, and human civilization entered a new Dark Age.

The year is 2033. An entire generation has been born and raised underground, and their besieged Metro Station-Cities struggle for survival, with each other, and the mutant horrors that await outside.

You are Artyom, born in the last days before the fire, but raised Underground. Having never ventured beyond your Metro Station-City limits, one fateful event sparks a desperate mission to the heart of the Metro system, to warn the remnants of mankind of a terrible impending threat. Your journey takes you from the forgotten catacombs beneath the subway to the desolate wastelands above, where your actions will determine the fate of mankind.

Jim Sterling