The Russian invasion in Ukraine has turned the lives of millions of people upside down and of those who, like the 4A Games team, were shaping the sequel to Metro Exodus: the Kiev developers explain that their next project is still in the works but, under the circumstances, it will reflect the horror of war.
In the long open letter published by 4A Games, the Ukrainian software house reiterates that it is still working on the new video games in the Metro series and that “the goals for our projects remain the same. Our next video game in the Metro series is changing, and it’s doing it for the better.Not because of the circumstances we’re in, but rather because of the strong political and pacifist message that has always distinguished the Metro series. Sure, we’ve always wanted to entertain you in a violent, post-apocalyptic world, but there’s always been a bigger story to tell than that horror“.
The guys from 4A Games therefore explain that “the war in Ukraine made us rethink the type of story we should have told in the next Metro. All the themes of the series – conflict, power, politics, tyranny, repression – are now an integral part of our daily life experiences, so we will adopt them and put them into the next Metro with a renewed purpose. But we have to manage our expectations: regarding our Kiev studio and staff working remotely from Ukraine, the work takes place in extraordinary and terrifying circumstances, including rocket attacks, air raid sirens, families to be relocated, friends and colleagues who volunteer or are called to the front and water and power cuts. It’s our ‘new’ normal… but there really isn’t anything normal about it. It’s life in wartime and it’s something that inevitably reflects on the games we make.”
The message from 4A Games also includes the news of the publication of the Metro Exodus editor, a tool that will allow all content creators to create mods, fan made expansions, total conversions and free video games with the graphics engine of the post-apocalyptic shooter.