Developer 4A Games announced Metro 2033: The Last Refuse way back in August 2006, but now as the game is close to completion with a scheduled release early in 2010 THQ has stepped in as publisher. The game is based on the novel Metro 2033 by Russian author Dmitriy Glukhovskiy and is in development for both PC and Xbox 360.
The graphics are impressive making use of 4A Games' in-house engine and Ujesh Desai, vice president of GPU business at Nvidia, added the following comment in the press release:
"Metro 2033 boasts some of the most advanced graphics and PhysX effects we've ever seen. From what we've seen so far, this will be a showcase PC gaming title for 2010!"
It might be hyperbole of course, but Metro 2033 is one to keep an eye on. Or two...
Here is a short description of the game courtesy of the press release:
"Set in the shattered subway of a post apocalyptic Moscow, Metro 2033 is a story of intensive underground survival where the fate of mankind rests in your hands.
In 2013 the world was devastated by an apocalyptic event, annihilating almost all mankind and turning the earth's surface into a poisonous wasteland. A handful of survivors took refuge in the depths of the Moscow underground, and human civilization entered a new Dark Age.
The year is 2033. An entire generation has been born and raised underground, and their besieged Metro Station-Cities struggle for survival, with each other, and the mutant horrors that await outside.
You are Artyom, born in the last days before the fire, but raised Underground. Having never ventured beyond your Metro Station-City limits, one fateful event sparks a desperate mission to the heart of the Metro system, to warn the remnants of mankind of a terrible impending threat. Your journey takes you from the forgotten catacombs beneath the subway to the desolate wastelands above, where your actions will determine the fate of mankind."