by Joseph Leray
One of the attractive things, I think, about 4A Games’ “Metro: Last Light” is how different it is from other first-person shooters. Where “Call of Duty” is bombastic and jingoistic, “Metro” is atmospheric, tense, and reserved. It’s about hardscrabble refugees instead of over-muscled soldiers, about dire oppression more than empowerment.
“Metro: Last Light” falls in lockstep with its big-budget brethren when it comes to business, though: publisher Deep Silver have announced a crop of downloadable content and a season pass for the recently released title.
”Artyom’s story may have been concluded in ’Metro: Last Light,’ but there are other characters with stories to tell, some familiar locations that fans of the ’Metro’ series wanted to revisit, and some new challenges that 4A wanted to explore,” said Andrew Prokhorov, Creative Director at 4A Games, in a press release. “Since completing the game we have been working on these new stories and hope to release them throughout the summer.”
The first of those new stories will be available next month, in the Faction Pack. I’m sure we’ll get more details as June draws near, but here’s what we know about “Last Light”’s four planned campaigns, straight from the horse’s mouth.
The Faction Pack and the Chronicles Pack will include new, original single player gameplay that expands on the “Metro: Last Light” universe and story. The Tower Pack will present a unique solo challenge to “Metro” veterans. Meanwhile, the Developer Pack will give creative players some interesting tools with which to explore the world of “Metro.”
As is the norm now, devoted “Metro” players can pre-buy all of this DLC at a discount if they choose. “Last Light”’s Season Pass will run you $14.99 on Steam and the PlayStation Network or 1200 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live. It’s worth noting that PSN is running a 25% discount on the “Last Light” pass until June 4th.
Lastly, buying the Season Pass also nets you the Abzats, a semi-automatic shotgun that shoots six shells at a time.
The Faction Pack will be out next month, but the controversial Ranger Mode difficulty setting has been available for a princely $5.00 since “Metro: Last Light”’s release earlier this month.