Metro: Last Light removed from GameStop Impulse

Retailer pulls PC version of action shooter from digital store in an effort to protect consumers during THQ bankruptcy uncertainty; refunds available.

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The downloadable PC version of Metro: Last Light has been pulled from GameStop Impulse. GameStop vice president of public and investor relations Matt Hodges told GameSpot that the company removed the game to protect consumers amid the ongoing uncertainty involving the future of publisher THQ.

"Essentially, due to THQ's current financial situation and uncertainty of delivery, in order to protect our consumers we removed the ability to pre-purchase that specific game," Hodges said.

Gamers who have already prepurchased the game can receive a refund by calling GameStop customer service. Physical copies of Metro: Last Light for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC remain available to preorder through GameStop's main website. It is not clear if GameStop intends to pull these versions of the game sometime in the future.

A GameSpot reader tipped the news, saying they prepurchased a copy of the game and it remains in their "My Games" list. However, the specific Metro: Last Light product page is no longer functional.

Other upcoming THQ games, including South Park: The Stick of Truth and Company of Heroes 2, are not listed on GameStop Impulse.

THQ's bankruptcy auction, should one be necessary, will take place January 22 at 3 p.m. EDT in Wilmington, Delaware. Up for grabs are THQ studios and properties. These include Relic Entertainment (Company of Heroes), Volition Inc. (Saints Row), former Assassin's Creed director Patrice Desilets' THQ Montreal (unknown), and Vigil Games (Darksiders).

Discussion

54 comments
GarGx1
GarGx1

The game must be good as complete by now, it's unlikely that it won't get released. It's not like it's a game that's only just begun production.

LtReviews
LtReviews

Metro: Last Light is a single player only game... Unfortunately nowadays it is twice as difficult for single-player games to find publishers

FakeKisser
FakeKisser

This game will definitely find a publisher. I just hope it doesn't take too long.

Greyfeld
Greyfeld

I'm going to be sad if the South Park game falls through the cracks.

Homeless-_-
Homeless-_-

I might actually shed a tear if this game doesn't see the light of day.

CTR360
CTR360

METRO last light its awesome i hope coming on consoles and pc

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

I don't get it. Wouldn't it be better for THQ to release the game and have it sell?

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

PLEASE, PLEASE WITH YOUR DYING BREATH RELEASE THE GAME !!!!  

yoda101280
yoda101280

Yeah I've already decided not to get this title for the simple fact that even if it launches okay, the post launch support will likely be poor if they have any.  I mean you can expect there won't be much in the way of patches or new content for the game.

BuBsay
BuBsay

Metro 2033 was one of the most criminally underrated games of 2010, and hands down one of the most beautiful on PC (the graphics had to be tremendously toned back on console, and still had a lot more bugs than the PC version). I'd be incredibly sad to see this one fall through when it has so much potential.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

I saw this at a gamestop but until the title screen appeared everyone crowded the TV and half of them said it has to be Call of Duty.

mischiefmeerkat
mischiefmeerkat

I hope they make one last desperate push to finish the game :/

it might even save them. It looks epic

pidow
pidow

Its alwsys sad when companies go into financial troubles and the employees has to suffer as an result.  Metro, I've enjoyed the previous game and was looking forwarded to playing this one also, I am going to pre-order anyway and wait to see what happens.   Sad!.

Dante-xero
Dante-xero

Damn, I've ben longing for this game ever since i heard of it, you rarely find games with such detail and atmosphere as metro 2033. If this game was to be cancelled now it'd be quite the disappointment.


Takeno456
Takeno456

I hope last light makes it to the market.

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

i really hope this has no effect on last light, im looking forward to this game too much..

ghstbstr
ghstbstr

I hope that it will come out for Xbox360. I really liked the first game, and I have been looking forward to this one.

Sefrix
Sefrix

 So they take down a game that is close to completion after news that all work is continuing as normal? Uh...why?

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

 Do you think it might get delayed and published by another developer? The games basically finished, so there's no way they'd cancel it now.

obsequies
obsequies

"former Assassin's Creed director Patrice Desilets' THQ Montreal (unknown), " wth does that mean..does it mean the director is up for auction or what?

RiseUp44
RiseUp44

I deleted my comments because I refuse to argue with ignorant people over whats suppose to be a fun and open comment/forum..      I enjoyed Metro 2033 a ton on PC but because I am more comfortably physically playing on console i would much rather play it on ps3 or xbox.  I really hope that the issues going on with THQ's financials does not delay Metro Last Light because the game looks amazing.     Remember,  "Ignorance is Bliss, Knowledge is Power"

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Wonder if the dev 4A Games is still developing Metro LL?

If not, perhaps THQ could sell the IP and all work so far to someone else, and do it now please.  Gearbox seems the shelter for wayward games, maybe they'll pick it up.  I'd be totally fine with that.

xxBenblasterxx
xxBenblasterxx

whether this is a knee-jerk reaction or not, it isnt a good omen for Last Light :( 

Konuvis
Konuvis

Yet another example of why physical >>>>>>> digital

spookysev
spookysev

@Homeless-_- never played any of the metro games, I hear they are fantasic. So I hope they do see light :)

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

@Sefrix Of  course a business will say that, the building could be burning around them and they would say that. It doesn't really mean anything, who knows what will happen over the next couple of months.

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

@Sefrix Because that kind of announcement "Work will continue as normal" has resulted in cancelled games in the past and created lots of headaches for Gamestop.

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

@ChiefFreeman It wouldn't be the first game that was done and canned. Hell Battlefront 3 was supposedly done.

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

@RiseUp44 Not into the whole "supporting your opinion" thing, eh?

You could have just explained your preference for playing on consoles down in the responses to your original post...but whatever.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

@RiseUp44 "how much better it would be playing it on a console"  This is the funniest thing iv'e read all day.

MaximumPorkchop
MaximumPorkchop

@Konuvis If the gamemakers go under, everyone who pre-ordered it loses their money, regardless of the physical state of the product.

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

@Konuvis No one has seen a physical copy either.  I suspect that the only reason why physical pre-orders were not yanked is because GameStop doesn't charge for them until they are shipped.  The PC download version is charged when the order is placed, and GS needs to refund if the game never comes out.

billlabowski
billlabowski

@Konuvis Because there's no such thing as Steam or GoG. Brilliant post, well thought out...

RiseUp44
RiseUp44

@FAIL_TR0LL @RiseUp44   Its pointless when talking to close minded ignorant  people.  And there really isnt much to the comment, i just decided to delete my responses because it really doesnt matter. 

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

@SteamyPotatoes @RiseUp44 Wish I could have seen this guy's comment before he turned tail and ran off. Just from reading the replies I can tell it was a riot!

Konuvis
Konuvis

@billlabowski @Konuvis I love GOG but with GOG you download the .exe and you're free to do as you please so it's almost like a physical copy. The problem lies when publishers host the games or when you need to be logged in to a service to acces it.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@billlabowski Steam is fine... except for times like these.  I'll still take a physical copy over a digital copy every day of the week.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@billlabowski Steam and GoG are enough for me, don't need other digital distributors and thanks to them I haven't bought a retail game since 2007. I don't mourn the loss of physical discs or paper game manuals either.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

@RiseUp44 @FAIL_TR0LL Your comment was misleading that's all :) , it's not that we are closed minded or ignorant it's that better doesn't equate to preference. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Konuvis I know and I also think like that. I always buy games that I will want to play for years to come and I actually still sometimes play my earliest PC game (Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight, from 1997). That's why I choose GoG if the game is the same price or cheaper as on Steam. That's also one reason why I only play singleplayer games, they don't get worse when people stop playing them and you can't shut them down because of a lack of players. Steam isn't perfect, but I rarely buy anything if it's not on sale, so I make sure to get the most out of my gaming.

Konuvis
Konuvis

@Hurvl @Konuvis I totally undeerstand. But for me "anytime soon" is relative. What if I want to play To the Moon or other in 20 years?

You know?

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Konuvis Yeah, the need to be logged in is the only thing that I dislike about Steam, but it's no big deal. Since Steam isn't going to disappear anytime soon and they have great prices on their sales, I don't mind waiting for Steam to start before being able to play a game. If GoG has a game cheaper than Steam, I'll choose GoG every time, though, and I'd also choose a physical copy over Steam and GoG if it were noticeably cheaper, but that never happens and I can wait for the sales.