The company behind the Metro franchise, 4A Games, celebrated the tenth year of the series these past few days. The developers published a statement thanking the fans and explaining why they’ve been quiet for a little while. They also mentioned the forthcoming fourth title of the franchise and undetermined multiplayer mode.
Published in 2019, Metro Exodus was a successful product for the company, receiving high ratings from many gaming websites and players. Even though there is no chance to access the sales figures of the game, it is well-known that 4A Games was pleased about sales.
Now, they aim to amplify the quality of the game as well as overall profits. In the statement, the company says, “It’s no secret that we have already started work on the next Metro game. Using everything we’ve learned from the last 15 years, we’ve set our sights even higher.”
Since the Gen 9 consoles have been released, game developers have preferred to bring their titles to the new consoles, optimizing accordingly. “The next title is being built for Gen 9 consoles and PC, with a complete overhaul of our engine and renderer to take advantage of the new power, storage, and hardware supported ray tracing afforded by the new consoles,” 4A Games said.
These days, almost every shooter game has a multiplayer mode, and it looks like the company is trying to decide if they will bring multiplayer into their fourth title or not.
“At the same time, our partnership with Saber will allow us to explore something that has always been an ambition for 4A Games, but something we have never been able to commit to until now: a multiplayer experience in the Metro universe. As a small studio we have never been able to do justice to these ambitions, and our ideas have never made it beyond the prototype phase. But with Saber’s experience in online gaming, we are now actively exploring multiplayer concepts that will offer a new way to experience the world of Metro.”
4A Games emphasized that they hear the fans’ “concerns” and “they’re not looking at multiplayer as a box-ticking exercise, or to jump on some trend or bandwagon.” Since the development in its early days, the company has said “they’re still figuring out” the situation.
The release date of Metro’s next game is still unknown. Whenever it comes out, regardless of the inclusion of multiplayer mode, the title is sure to be a hit.