Going deeper underground
Publisher Deep Silver has announced that the PC edition of its Scary-As-All-Fuck first-person adventure Metro Exodus will receive a major upgrade this spring, with the launch of Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition – arriving as a standalone release or as a free upgrade for those who already own the apocalyptic epic.
It sounds like you’re really gonna need a hefty engine to get this train runnin’, as the Enhanced Edition will require a ray tracing-capable graphics card even at its minimum specification – significantly boosting the game’s visuals and special effects and making Metro Exodus‘ already smothering atmosphere starker and more frightening than ever before.
“It is not a simple ‘patch’ to the base game,” noted developer 4A Games in a blog post. “Instead it will be offered as an extra entitlement to all existing Metro Exodus PC players. The PC Enhanced Edition will offer additional ray tracing features, including Advanced Ray Traced Reflections and support for DLSS 2.0 on NVIDIA hardware, which offers sharper image details and increased framerates and display resolutions.”
Below is a sample screenshot taken from the Metro Exodus PC Enhanced Edition.
In addition, work continues on a similar upgrade for the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S editions of Metro Exodus, including new lighting effects, 4K textures, and support for hardware specific features such as spatial audio and Haptic Feedback. Crucially, the upgrade will severely reduce Metro Exodus‘ brutal load times, optimizing transfer time for SSDs.
Metro Exodus is a dark but interesting dystopian adventure. And it sounds as if some of these new upgrades will definitely improve some of the issues that held the game back from achieving greatness on release. If you didn’t give Metro Exodus time of day back in 2019, it might be worth checking out this Enhanced Edition – provided you have the juice necessary to get it up to steam, of course. You can check out a full list of changes on the official blog.