Close. So close. Metro 2033 missed its grab at greatness by mere millimeters, and it pretty much broke our hearts. Thankfully, THQ doesn't plan on leaving this diamond-in-the-rough where it lies. And – much as we'd have liked to have seen Metro 2034, if only for confused cries of “There's already been 2,033 of them?” – developer 4A Games has settled on the ominous “Metro: Last Light.” Details and trailer after the break!
Interestingly, the new game operates under the assumption that you shot and slaughtered your way to Metro 2033's “bad” ending, so don't expect sunshine, rainbows, or a delightful Dark One dance number this time around. In happier news, however, the development team is hoping Last Light will be a “ poster child ” for the most cutting-edge graphics cards available – much like its predecessor. The objective here, then, isn't to reinvent the wheel. Instead, Last Light's aiming to have the polish Metro 2033 so badly needed and then some.
“We believe that Metro 2033 was a flawed masterpiece. It was a beautiful, original game that didn’t get the marketing support it needed,” said THQ core games head Danny Bilson.
“We won’t make that mistake with Metro: Last Light. This game improves on the original in every way – it will have more polish, deeper and more sophisticated gameplay, and satisfyingly visceral combat, without losing what our fans loved about the original.”
Which is all marketing-speak, sure, but at least it sounds like THQ's on the right track. At any rate, check out the surprisingly musical trailer below, and judge for yourself based on a grand total of about 3.6784 seconds of actual moving footage.