Metro Redux, the updated and expanded versions of Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light, is heading to Xbox One, PS4 and PC at the end of this month.
The remastered double bill is releasing on new-gen consoles at a reduced price point, and gamers who already have one or both of the original games on PC (Steam) will also get a 50% discount on the new versions of each respective title.
4A Games announced the deal at the same time as they confirmed the remaster package, and they thought it a fair price. However, feedback from the Steam community has been mixed, with some feeling that the discount wasn't big enough. The studio has composed the following the response to suggestions that the 50% discount doesn't represent value for money:
Almost the entire team of around 80 people at 4A Games will have been working on the Metro Redux titles for almost a year by the time we release next month. It has been a substantial project for the studio, with three main elements:
Significantly updating the 4A Engine, adding (amongst many other features) Global Illumination and terrain tessellation, as well numerous performance enhancements
Upgrading Metro: Last Light to run in this engine, while adding some minor features such as Check Watch and Check Inventory, and some significant ones such as the new 'Survival' play style
Completely re-building Metro 2033 to run in the new 4A engine, with the new and improved Last Light gameplay framework; and adding new content and assets
For sure, Metro 2033 Redux is a far more significant upgrade over the original than Metro: Last Light Redux (and we're not trying to pretend otherwise).
We think the 50% discount is more than fair for the amount of work that has gone into this title. It is a complete remake of the original game in the latest engine, that will offer a significantly different experience from the original throughout with improved graphics, performance and gameplay.
Metro: Last Light Redux, we will readily admit, does not represent as significant a change over the original. So why the same 50% discount and not more? Why not just patch the game?
The latter proved to be impossible for a technical reason. Because of the changes to the engine, which necessitated dropping 32-bit support; we literally could not 'patch' the game.
In fact, both Redux games will exist as new titles in your Steam libraries, and the originals will still be there.
So why ‘only' a 50% discount, the same as 2033?
We felt that because the Redux version also included the DLC in addition to the new game mode and enhancements, that was also a fair price.
But we understand that for those of you who already had the DLC, the offer is not as compelling - again, we are not pretending this is as significant an overhaul as Metro 2033. And we did consider alternatives - e.g. 50% if you only owned the base game, 75% if you owned all the DLC - but these ideas raised a number of practical / logistical challenges.
In the end, a flat 50% discount was judged to be the simplest, fairest solution. Ultimately, you are free to vote with your wallets.
If you have already bought Metro: Last Light, with or without the DLC, and you feel that we are not offering enough to tempt you to upgrade - that's fine.
We are extremely grateful for your support for the original game - we do not expect you to purchase the Redux version, nor do we feel entitled to your custom. Make your own decision based on whether you think that $12.49 (or the local currency alternative) is worth the asking price, and we will respect that.
We know this response will not please everyone - but even though you still might not agree with the rationale, we do hope you understand that our goal was to reward, not exploit, existing owners while still making a viable business model that allowed this Redux project to go ahead on PC as well as console.
And for newcomers to the series who have yet to experience the world of Metro, we hope that you will enjoy what we believe is an extraordinary amount of content, painstakingly remastered at great length to the highest standard, for a fantastic price.
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