But Original Author Will Remain Deeply Involved
Deep Silver has plans to continue with the Metro franchise, after they acquired publishing duties from the now-defunct THQ. However, in a phrase that may chill fans to the bone, they also intend to make the experience "more accessible" to reach a "broader gaming audience."
Gulp. Thankfully Metro author Dmitry Glukhovsky will continue to be involved in the creative side of things, while user feedback will play a key role in any future sequels.
Deep Silver CEO Dr. Klemens Kundratitz told Joystiq that they see Metro as an investment, having scooped up Metro: Last Light for $5.9 million during the THQ feeding frenzy. “I’m very glad we acquired that brand,” he said. “While it launched in a very dry space in the gaming calendar this year, it still got a lot of attention. Our ambition is to absolutely continue with that brand and we will also, in the next phase, look to making it more accessible for a broader gamer audience.”
This is, quite possibly, the most terrifying sentence that any publisher can utter. However, Kundratitz was keen to assure fans that original author Dmitry Glukhovsky will still oversee proceedings and ensure that the franchise retains its grim and hardcore sensibilities.
“It is true with a license you have to be aligned with the license holder. In this case it’s [Metro 2033 author] Dmitry Glukhovsky who holds the license and he’s a great guy. He enjoys the game, the success of the game and we have a good relationship.” Kundratitz continued, “He is a great contributor. Also, going forward, as he has been very positive contributing to the last game – I think he can play an active role for whatever comes in the future.”
Matt described Metro: Last Light as "evocatively bleak" in our 8/10 review.