Metro Not To Be Diluted, Tower Pack Detailed
Earlier this week, we covered the story of a certain Deep Silver CEO attending GamesCom, stating that they are currently working to "making [Metro] more accessible for a broader gamer audience". The story naturally had a good few gamer raising their brows - and likely some fists too.
Deep Silver haven't been ignoring the masses, though. Deep Silver global brand manager Huw Beynon has come out in public through the franchise's official site to set things straight.
"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."
Well, if this is the case, then what was it CEO Klemens Kundratitz meant with his statement at GamesCom? Beynon clarifies:
"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."
Ah, that's more like it. Now let's just hope this is in fact true, and not just damage control on Deep Silver's part.
In related news, a new press release from Deep Silver gives us a bit more detail on the upcoming Tower Pack DLC for Metro: Last Light.
"The Tower Pack represents a fearsome challenge for every Metro fan. Players have to fight their way up through a heavily guarded tower, a virtual combat simulator. Each level is increasingly difficult – packed with hordes of enemies, mutants and other deadly threats. The best players in this combat simulator will need to master Metro's unique, hand-made weaponry and deep combat mechanics in order to reach the top of the global leaderboards."
The Tower Pack is the second piece of DLC in a series of four. It is slated for release on September 3, and the price is set at $4.99.
Additionally, more details surrounding the next two DLC packs are seeping out of the woodworks as well:
"The 'Developer Pack' boasts a fully stocked Shooting Gallery, the AI Arena and Metro Museum... And a bonus solo mission – The Spiders' Nest – offers some new tools for dealing with an infestation of the skittering Spider mutants. Lastly the 'Chronicles Pack' will feature three original single player missions that cast the player as four of the game's standout characters – Pavel, Khan & Ulman, and Anna – and explore their side-stories away from Artyom's adventure."
So, in addition to getting the rumor of washed-out future Metro sequels squashed, we also get to hear that the next DLC for Last Light is literally less than a week away? Sweet! It seems today is a good day to be a Metro fan.