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Upon its release, Deep Silver offered a Season Pass that would give players a discount Metro: Last Light‘s four DLC packs. Those who have been following the game have already seen the Factions Pack and the Tower Pack, but as of yesterday, Deep Silver has announced the official release of the third DLC pack, the Developer Pack. Unlike the previous two packs, which focused mainly on Last Light’s extended universe, the Developer Pack takes a more in-depth approach to the game itself by including various different options to play around with the game’s assets.
The Developer pack includes a shooting range, which allows players to experiment with every gun and attachment combination in the game. The Shooting Range comes with unique marksman challenges for every weapon which players can complete to prove their prowess. In addition to the Shooting Range, the Developer Pack features an AI Arena, which allows players to create squads of human soldiers and mutants and have them battle against one another. Players must customize their squads perfectly to complete the several challenges in the AI Arena. The pack also boasts the “Metro Museum,” which allows players to get up close and personal looks at each and every character and model in Metro: Last Light. Finally, the Developer Pack will feature an original solo mission called “The Spider’s Nest” that will chill the bones of arachnophobes everywhere. With nothing but their wits, a lighter, a torch, and the newly added Flamethrower, players must do their best to escape from spider-infested catacombs. The Developer Pack is available now on Steam, Xbox Live, and the Playstation Network for $3.99 / £3.19 / €3.99.
The final DLC pack for Metro: Last Light, the Chronicles Pack, will be available later in the month and will feature three original single-player missions.
Deep Silver’s Metro: Last Light has enjoyed a great deal of commercial and critical success. How great? The game sold more copies in its first week than its predecessor, Metro 2033, has in three years of being on shelves. The first DLC pack, the Faction Pack, also received a great deal of critical acclaim for it’s exploration of characters beyond the main storyline as well as new weapons and free roaming aspects. Deep Silver hopes to keep the momentum of their game’s success, with three more DLC packs planned for Last Light in the future.
For those of you who have been waiting patiently for the next adventure in post-apocalyptic Russia, the wait is now over. As of today, the second piece of add-on content for Metro: Last Light, the Tower Pack, is officially available on Steam, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live.
The Tower Pack is catered to all you fighters out there who love to get down and dirty with your enemies. It features a combat simulator in which players must fight their way up through a heavily guarded tower. The assault becomes more difficult with each level, forcing players to master Last Light’s unique weapons and deep combat mechanics to reach the highest level. The DLC will also feature leaderboards which will allow gamers to compare their progress and success with other players. The Tower Pack will cost $4.99 / £3.99 / €4.99, but players who have purchased the Season Pass will get a discount on all four planned DLC packs.
The upcoming Developer Pack will feature a fully stocked Shooting Gallery, an AI Arena, and the Metro Museum, as well as a bonus solo mission called “The Spiders’ Nest,” which will offer some new tools for fighting Spider mutants. The Chronicles Pack will consist of three original single player missions that explore the stories of three characters from the original game: Pavel, Khan & Ulman, and Anna. The Chronicles Pack will explore these characters’ side-stories away from Artyom’s adventure.
The Season Pass can be purchased for $14.99 / £11.99 / €14.99 to give players access to all of the Metro: Last Light DLC, as well as an exclusive weapon, the Abzats.
Yup, you can definitely tell we’re in a console transition period. Just a single new release was able to crack the list of the top ten best-selling games of May 2013.
Deep Silver’s Metro: Last Light was that game and the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 shooter was able to claim the sixth spot for the mutants of post-apocalyptic Russia. A pair of sorta-new releases helped push the profile of two titles that were originally released in years past. The 3DS version of Donkey Kong Country Returns lifted the game to #3 and the Wii U re-release of Lego Batman 2 helped the Brick Knight squeeze into the #10 slot.
According to Game Informer, sales of retail games are down 31% from May 2012 and retail sales are going to continue to drop as Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony move towards an all-digital future. Althugh, to be fair, May 2012 did include the release of Diablo III, which sold a ton of copies at retail.
The NPD Group’s complete report on the top ten best-selling games from May 2013 can be found after the break. (more…)
Metro 2033 built up a devoted fan following after its release in 2010. The game had captured the attention of gamers so thoroughly that when a sequel, Metro: Last Light, was finally released earlier this month, it had become one of the Spring’s most anticipated titles. But Last Light didn’t require a similar span of time to become a success as it’s already outsold Metro 2033 after a single week.
Sales figures weren’t announced by Deep Silver, but the publisher did reveal that developer 4A Games is hard at work on a series of DLC expansion packs for Last Light:
- The Faction Pack and the Chronicles Pack, featuring new, original single-player gameplay that expands on the Metro: Last Light universe and story
- The mysterious Tower Pack, a unique solo challenge to Metro veterans
- The Developer Pack, giving creative players some interesting tools with which to explore the world of Metro.
“4A Games are honored by the reception our latest project has received,” said Andrew Prokhorov, Creative Director at 4A Games. “We are a small but dedicated team who are lucky to have been given the creative freedom and support to make the kind of experience we dream, as gamers, of playing. Our work on Metro: Last Light continues with new single player DLC, and we look forward to revealing future projects from the team. We want to thank all the Metro fans for support we have received.”
The DLC packs will be available for purchased separately or as part of a Season Pass, which can be pre-ordered now for $14.99 (or 1200 Microsoft Points).
Sony has made up for last week’s paltry PlayStation Store update with a treasure trove of new titles in this yesterday’s update.
Leading the way is Deep Silver’s post-apocalyptic FPS, Metro: Last Light. Also now available is the “final release” of Dust 514. The Eve Online spinoff has been in open beta since January, but now CCP Games is ready to call the game “finished” (or as finished as an ever-evolving MMO can be). If you’d prefer a little more pinball in your sci-fi, this week also sees the standalone release of Star Wars Pinball on the PS3 and the Vita.
Let’s see, what else… Another Rockstar title has been added to the PS2 Classics collection, Manhunt, their “most dangerous game.”
After a bit of a delay after original publisher THQ went bankrupt, Metro: Last Light is ready to be released in stores this week. New publisher Deep Silver is giving the Russian-set shooter the red carpet treatment and will release the game on the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 this week.
Also available this week is Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall, a point-and-click adventure for the PC.
With the first half of the THQ auction complete, many of the publisher’s former projects are being added to the 2013 calendar. And with today’s announcement from Deep Silver, it looks like Metro: Last Light will be the first one to make its way to stores.
The sequel to Metro 2033 will be released for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 on May 14 (May 17 in Europe) in a special Limited Edition. THQ originally planned to ship the game this month, but Deep Silver plans to use the extra time to allow developer 4A Games a chance to make Last Light “even better.”
“The new release date is the ideal way to strike the balance between bringing the best out of Metro: Last Light and not keep the fans waiting longer than necessary,” said Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Koch Media. “We won’t leave that time unexploited and will work closely together with 4A Games to make the game even better. It will receive all the attention it deserves.”
Deep Silver also purchased the rights to Saints Row 4 at the THQ auction, hopefully we learn more about that one soon.
The THQ asset auction concluded yesterday and the fate of the company was sealed as the cumulative bids for the publisher’s studios surpassed the $60 million offered by Clearlake Capitol Group. Here’s the complete list of who bought what and for how much:
Relic Entertainment (including Company of Heroes franchise)
Sega – $26.6 million
THQ Montreal (including 1666 and Underdog)
Ubisoft – $2.5 million
Evolve (Turtle Rock-developed FPS)
Take-Two Interactive – $10.894 million
Volition (and Saints Row franchise)
Deep Silver (Koch Media) – $22,312,925
Crytek – $544,218
Deep Silver (Koch Media) – $5,877,551
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Ubisoft – $3,265,306
How this auction will affect the release dates of South Park: The Stick of Truth, Metro: Last Light, and Company of Heroes 2 (all were scheduled to be released within the next three months) remains to be seen.
Vigil Studios (and the Darksiders franchise) and the rights to produce games based on the WWE went unsold. Presumably, they’ll continue to be included with THQ’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.