THQ has been talking about a follow-up to 4A Games' postapocalyptic shooter Metro 2033 since last June, but only just now is the publisher beginning to open up about the title. Today, THQ officially announced Metro: Last Light, saying the follow-up to Metro 2033 will arrive for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in 2012.
Though initially operating under the working name Metro 2034, the game's Last Light subtitle was unearthed by Superannuation last month. However, as the working title suggested, Metro: Last Light will be set during the year 2034. With mutants lurking the subway catacombs following a postapocalyptic disaster, humanity finds itself waging war against itself to gain control of a doomsday device that could end life forever.
Gamers will once again be afforded a variety of improvised weapons to fend off the mutant hordes and rival Metro factions. However, firearms and ammunition will be scarce, as the game emphasizes both survival horror and first-person shooter gameplay. Beyond its single-player mode, Metro: Last Light will also incorporate a competitive multiplayer mode set within the game's subway catacombs.
For an idea of what to expect, check out GameSpot's review of Metro 2033, as well as Metro: Last Light's teaser trailer, below.