The Metro series has released three games on PS4, the most recent being Metro Exodus. In February 2021, an announcement of the PS5 update surfaced online, explaining how the update would take advantage of the new hardware! Let’s dive into this critically acclaimed series and find out what Metro Exodus has in store for PS5 players in 2021!

Metro for the next generation

Based on the book series by Dmitry Glukhovsky, the Metro series has always been a unique first-person shooter, with an emphasis on gritty, unforgiving environments and stunning graphics for the time. Having played all three games in the series, one of my first thoughts after playing Metro Exodus is how the game will look on the next generation system. It was already impressive on the PS4 Pro, but there’s clearly room for further improvement.

Especially the third game in the series opened up new possibilities by letting players explore large maps and perform additional actions. The game retained some of the claustrophobic subway gameplay we’re all used to, but with larger environments the art direction and graphics really got a chance to shine. It should also be noted that the original Metro Exodus was one of the first games of 2019 to use ray tracing on powerful PCs.

A post on Metro’s website reveals some plans on how the free upgrade will work for the next generation of consoles and when you can expect it.

For starters, the post confirms that 4A Games has taken steps to update its own engine and create a full ray tracing experience for next-generation consoles and PCs. Their new end-to-end traceable lighting pipeline includes optimizations, upgrades and features that contribute to the general lighting and emissive lighting introduced in the original release. New improvements to the engine include an updated version of the temporal reconstruction technology that increases resolution, visualization and performance.

For the console versions, 4A Games promises 4K and 60FPS performance with full Ray Traced lighting on PS5 and Xbox Series X. The base game and DLC will also include these improvements. SSD optimization also means that load times will be significantly reduced, while games will also use 4K-quality textures for more detail in different environments. They also confirmed their support for DualSense! An example is the detection of pressure when pumping an air gun during a heat fight. I can probably imagine sweating when I press these triggers.

Other improvements include an adjustable field of view (FOV), a first for the Metro series. Finally, the developers have also confirmed that the update will be free for all current owners. There is no set date for the update, but they said later this year, so sometime in 2021.

Stay tuned for more information!

For those of you who have played Metro Exodus, what do you think of these improvements? If you’re like me and haven’t played the DLCs yet, will you wait to experiment on the PS5 or play them both? I’m still on the air. We’ll be sure to update this article with news on additional features, the trailer and of course the release date!

Tell us what you think about Metro Exodus PS5’s next-gen features in the comments!

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Date inserted – 18/02/2020

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