Deep Silver came under a little bit of fire after their CEO revealed his determination to it make the Metro franchise "more accessible for a broader gamer audience", and the company has moved to clarify their position, saying that greater accessibility will not involve dumbing down the game.
"Fans of Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light have been justifiably concerned by a story that surfaced at gamescom last week, and we wanted to set the record straight," wrote global brand manager Huw Beynon in a post on the Metro community blog.
"Some media and fans have interpreted this to mean that Deep Silver will somehow seek to dilute Metro's core gameplay values, 'dumbing down' the game in a bid to woo a wider, more 'casual' audience.
"We understand the concern, and we would like to reassure the Metro fanbase that Deep Silver has absolutely no intention of compromising Metro's unique DNA. We completely understand that it is the passion and evangelism of our fans that allowed Metro to grow from a cult hit to genuine, bonafide hit.
"Whatever direction a new Metro game takes (and we are still assembling the drawing boards), it will build on the bleak, post apocalyptic pillars of atmosphere, immersion, challenge and depth that sets this franchise apart from the crowd."
Beynon also set out Deep Silver's plans for making the world of Metro more accessible, advocating from a rather altruistic standpoint, and putting his faith in upping the quality of the games and ensuring the franchise's ubiquity across all platforms:
"Deep Silver will seek to make the world of Metro more accessible to a broader audience - through a commitment to ever higher product quality; through greater strategic investment in the brand; and, in the immediate term, through the release of dedicated Mac and Linux versions of Metro: Last Light. This is just the first stage of a broader initiative to bring Metro to a wider audience, without compromising the product's strengths.
"Metro is a pulsating, radioactive gem in Deep Silver's crown of rotting zombie flesh, and we believe we can build on the success of Metro: Last Light by doubling down on our unique brand of bleak, Russian, post apocalyptic horror."