Metro 2033 ticketed for March 16

THQ and 4A Games' sci-fi-survival/action-RPG hybrid books date with North American Xbox 360s and PCs; European launch set for March 19.

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Three years after it introduced the world to S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, THQ will unleash another postapocalyptic action/role-playing game hybrid set and developed in the former Soviet Union. The company today announced that Metro 2033 will ship for the Xbox 360 and PC on March 16 in North America, where it is rated M for Mature. In Europe, where it has been rated 18 by PEGI, the game will launch March 19.

Protagonist Artyom, sporting the latest in postapocalyptic respirator fashion.

Based on Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky's 2002 novel of the same name, Metro 2033 depicts a near-future Earth where human civilization was obliterated by an apocalyptic tragedy in 2013. With the planet's surface now an inhospitable wasteland, humanity's few survivors have taken shelter in Moscow's labyrinthine underground subway system.

As the title indicates, the game picks up 20 years after the global cataclysm, as players assume the role of the soldier Artyom, who has spent his entire life underground. Though THQ was light on gameplay details, the publisher did say that players will battle mutants and fellow survivors in hostile environments both above- and belowground. Ukrainian developer 4A Games has said that the game includes elements from both the first-person shooter and role-playing genres (a la Borderlands), but with a survival element akin to more horror-centric games.

For more on Metro 2033, check out GameSpot's recent hands-on preview.

Discussion

38 comments
boomer0901
boomer0901

lets hope they have figured out how to make a game as, stalker clear sky was a nightmare of a bugged game, won't be playing this, I recommend the same don't waste your money on them until they figure out how to make a game that can actually run without stopping 3,000 times in the first 3 zones.

kornogaphy93
kornogaphy93

bad day for a realese... March 16th is the day that god of war will make me loose my life

mrklorox
mrklorox

@mach-stem because the developers are supposedly ex-Stalker devs using a modified x-ray engine. And both games seem to have a similar atmosphere. The campfires in the initial trailer look like they were lifted right out of Stalker.

mach-stem
mach-stem

I really don't get how this relates to STALKER in any way. I loved STALKER (until I ran into 5-6 game breaking bugs) but STALKER is loosely based on Roadside Picnic, where-as this is based on Metro 2033, a more recent book. Any ideas why it would be mentioned under the updates page for STALKER?

steelmouth
steelmouth

looks interesting am loving it and getting it pending the reviews ofcouse but chose a hell of a day to come out, MS better increase its marketing budget for the game but all in all i think x360 owners wont be to jealous of ps3,

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@Re-Skull, They've already said that Metro 2033 will be a story driven experience, i dont neccessarily see that as a bad thing, so long as it is well designed. HalfLife, Bioshock, hell even MGS are relatively linear games as they are story driven, but they also prove that if a dev puts their heart and soul into a game the result can be fantastic.

Re-Skull
Re-Skull

after a little google this Open world i told, i must say... not it is not.... !!!! :-[

Re-Skull
Re-Skull

i have fall in s.t.a.l.k.e.r and i think it will be a cool thing ! and if it be a open world game as s.t.a.l.k.e.r is, gonna be a greater than what i thought before !

Wylen0
Wylen0

This game is putting off a good vibe. Ive read the book. and i really loved it. So im excited to see how this game does

Doolz2024
Doolz2024

Comes out the same day as GOW III. I may get both on the 16th, or wait and buy this game later. GOW III is a day 1 buy for me no question, METRO 2033 isn't, but I may get it day 1 depending on how much extra $$$ I have on hand.

gijas
gijas

A Russian version of Fallout 3 - how cute.

Marky360
Marky360

@Rann89 Dude it doesn't Matter GOD OF WAR III is gonna be a efing monster. ppl who don't own a PS3 and have 360's will buy a PS3 just to play it I did. This game is gonna OWN trust me. don't get me wrong Metro 2033 will Definately be good but GOD OF WAR will be better

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@Supabul [[The custom-built technology behind Metro looks like it can compete with the big-name engines out there. THQ says it's going to be a poster child for Nvidia's PhysX technology while also using high dynamic range rendering under DirectX 9/10, as well as DirectX 11 in the long term. Perhaps even more impressively, it's genuinely difficult to see the difference between the PC and Xbox 360 versions of the game, both of which were shown at the event. While the team claims the PC is the lead platform for the game, the Xbox 360 version looked identical--even when blown up onto a huge cinema screen.]] Nothing to worry about.

rann89
rann89

@Marky360 Do you even realize what systems the games you're talking about are coming out on? Think about it. They're not in competition with each other at all.

pidow
pidow

I will buy this game, unless something happens to change my mind about it. So far, so good.

Marky360
Marky360

This game picked the worst date to release day and date with the release of God of War 3 this games gonna get no attention its too bad to looked like a good game I would check it out but my time WILL be consumed with GOD OF WAR III the game of the year

xaminme
xaminme

stalker call of prypiat releases next week. it's supposed to be the best one of the whole series. i bet that is going to be the underdog release since no one is talking about it.

Supabul
Supabul

I hope we get a good 360 version, because Divinity 2 and Risen where horrible ports, fingers crossed the dev's aren't lazy with this

warspain
warspain

I love the Stalker series....I can hardly wait.

Thomasdeleo
Thomasdeleo

This game looks really cool, coming out in a huge March its goin to have to be.

Asheileon
Asheileon

Getting it on day one, my hopes are for a GOTY class game. BTW, does anyone know if this will be released as CE aswell ? I'd really like to know.

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

...Looks interesting, but i need more gameplay to check this also.... man my wallet is already crying and the years is just beginning

metalkid9
metalkid9

ahh sweet. BUT THERE ARE TOO MANY FRIGGIN GAMES!!!

MindlessTeef
MindlessTeef

Call of Pripyat is out soon and the Metro in March... awesome!

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

That quick this is coming out? Must have been 90% done when they first teased it.

SirMordredX
SirMordredX

I think it will be like a more polished and accessible [in a good way] type of STALKER game - mainly in premise and concept, though I'm sure the simillarities will end there. Definitely picking this one up.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

From the videos I've seen of it, it looks promising. I'll check the reviews, but more than likely purchase this one.

dark-wolf12
dark-wolf12

looks so awesome. I'm really looking forward to it, and the so-called "role-playing elements"

lamprey263
lamprey263

@liam72 - probably because this is an X360/PC exclusive and that's the day God of War 3 comes out, just fanboys crap, nothing new

thorsen-ink
thorsen-ink

@IcyToasters You are correct, sir--tweaked. Thanks for the tip.

liam72
liam72

Haha, I don't understand why all people saying that they are interested by Metro 2033 were thumbed down... you usually don't thumb down people for their game tastes.

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

From what I've seen of this game, it looks very interesting. I will pick it up at some point.

IcyToasters
IcyToasters moderator

Looks great. If all turns out well, I'll definitely pick it up. (and for the mention of S.T.A.L.K.E.R, didn't GSC change publishers after Shadow of Chernobyl? I'm not sure though)

bulitzzz
bulitzzz

lol parrot_of_adun....me 2

Neosword
Neosword

Really glad to see it coming out soon. Can't wait.