4A Games, the developers behind Metro: Exodus, announced a free Enhanced Edition for all PC players, alongside details for upcoming Xbox Series X/S and PS5 upgrades.
Metro: Exodus Enhanced Edition is slated to release later this year, with drastic engine overhauls 4A Games made while optimizing the game for modern hardware. The more dramatic change is the ray tracing capability, with 4A stating they’ve learned a lot more about the real-time rendering technology.
“We have built an all-new Fully Ray Traced Lighting Pipeline that brings a number of optimizations, upgrades, and new features to the Ray Traced Global Illumination and Emissive Lighting that we pioneered with the original release of Metro Exodus, as well as an upgraded implementation of our powerful Temporal Reconstruction technology to further boost resolution, visual detail, and performance.”
On PC, the change is so dramatic, 4A Games is saying the Enhanced Edition will be its own product. This new version will require a ray tracing-capable GPU as a minimum, as well as advanced ray-traced lighting for more powerful PCs. Additionally, DLSS 2.0 will be added for Nvidia GPUs.
4A Games says Metro: Exodus Enhanced Edition will launch this spring and will be free to those who own the original game on Steam, Epic Game Store and GOG.
For PS5 and Xbox Series X, 4A Games says that Metro: Exodus will include ray tracing enhancements while running at 4K/60 FPS. This is a rather bold claim, but one which is hopefully kept. The new console versions will also include support for the PS5 DualSense controller and spatial audio.
You can check out the full list of new features for Metro: Exodus below: