Tales of two survivors
Metro Exodus players will be stepping into some unfamiliar shoes in the game’s two planned DLC chapters. Developer 4A has pulled back the curtain on the Metro Exodus expansions, and they both feature a protagonist other than Artyom.
The first, coming this summer, is titled The Two Colonels. Here’s 4A’s description: “The Two Colonels, is [the story] of Colonel Khlebnikov, just below the surface, under the dead city of Novosibirsk, as he makes his way home to his son, Kirill, for New Year’s Eve. But all is not well with the people here: the slime is further consuming the tunnels, mutant attacks appear to be on the rise and the precious ‘green stuff’ that protects the people from radiation poisoning is running low. In order to secure the survival of the people, those in charge may need to take drastic measures.
Following the journey and experiences of Khlebnikov during the last days of life in Novosibirsk, which Colonel Miller retraces a year later, players can expect the classic story-driven gameplay of the Metro series in this new linear chapter, complete with a brand new weapon, the deadly flame-thrower; claustrophobic environments; and the all-too-familiar hair-raising tension.”
The second expansion takes a different approach. Sam’s Story, which will launch early next year, is less linear and more sandbox survival. Here’s that description: Sam’s Story is the brand new sandbox survival level based on Vladivostok. Sam, a U.S. marine at the Moscow embassy before the bombs were dropped, has long dreamed of returning to his homeland, and maybe finding his family alive. The prospect seemed impossible in the darkened tunnels of the Metro, but when the Spartans discovered that Moscow was not the only city left alive after the war, holding out hope didn’t feel so foolish anymore.
Sam makes his way away from the Aurora in search of a way back to the U.S., arriving at the remains of Vladivostok’s tsunami-ravaged harbors, ruined industrial buildings, and crumbling residential districts. To complete his journey, Sam will discover that he needs every tactic he has learned so far to survive, as his surroundings prove to be far trickier than expected. Players will forge Sam’s path through the sandbox survival landscape of Vladivostok, as they take a brand new journey across the wasteland of post-apocalyptic Russia.”
The two add-ons are bundled together as the Metro Exodus Expansion Pass, which is available to purchase now for $25 on the Epic Games Store, PS4, and Xbox One. Alternatively, each expansion can be bought separately, presumably at $15 a pop.