The official website for Metro Exodus uploaded a blog post yesterday, running through all of the various improvements for the next-gen upgrade players can experience. It explains how the developer has decided to “radically overhaul” its in-house engine to accommodate a “fully Ray Traced experience”. The optimisations are thanks to an all-new ‘Lighting Pipeline’, which takes full advantage of the modern hardware.
Firstly, the post focused on the console-specific versions. Starting with the PS5 and Xbox X|S, Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition will run at 4K/60 FPS, fully ray-traced. Despite the power of these consoles, other upgraded titles from the previous generation have struggled to run as well; Control Ultimate Edition, for example, has a 30 FPS cap when enabling the advanced lighting feature. The other significant advantage of the next-gen consoles is the internal SSD they both possess. This has enabled “dramatically reduced loading times” across the entire game and its two expansions.
As for the Series S, the game will run significantly better than it did on the previous generation. However, it will not perform to the same standard as its more powerful counterparts.
We’re targeting 1080p on Xbox Series S, but the other benefits above will apply, including 60 FPS and full Ray Traced lighting throughout.
4A briefly touched upon platform-specific touch-ups. For the Xbox, the developer mentioned “spatial audio and controller latency improvements”, whereas the PS5 version will include “haptic features”. The developer is also using this time to add further quality of life changes, such as implementing a field of view slider.
Over on PC
Meanwhile, the PC upgrade will require high-end equipment to actually run the new edition. It will also offer sharper resolutions and better frame-rates than on console.
This upgrade is so extensive, it will require a Ray Tracing capable GPU as the minimum spec, and we will need to deliver this version as a separate product – it is not a simple ‘patch’ to the base game – instead it will be offered as an extra entitlement to all existing Metro Exodus PC players.
Lastly, the Ukrainian studio touched upon the upcoming Mac and Linux versions. The Mac edition is launching as soon as March via the App Store, Steam and Epic. Linux players, however, will have to hold on till later in the year when it launches on Steam.
There are no concrete dates for the release of Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition for the next-gen upgrade as of yet. The PC version will release sometime during Spring 2021, but console players will have to wait until later this year.
Back in November, 4A Games teased what the future of the series holds. The team continues working on the next instalment of the franchise, built specifically for the new generation and explores the possibility of a multiplayer experience set in the Metro universe.