Plus next-gen console upgrades coming.
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There are some big upgrades planned for the latest Metro game release. These upgrades confirm that Metro Exodus is coming to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S in 2021 as a free upgrade to existing owners on the old-gen consoles. In addition, there are some big improvements coming to the PC by way of the Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition.

One of the biggest changes for the PC release will be for those with hardware capable of real-time ray tracing. The teams at 4A Games and Deep Silver are not only adding ray tracing support for the next-gen console release, but they have drastically overhauled their engine to offer a fully ray traced experience on high-end PCs.

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.

And we’ve pushed these enhancements to the limit to take advantage of the latest Ray Tracing capable GPU hardware from NVIDIA and AMD, to create the ultimate version for our PC enthusiast fans.
4A promises that the game will run at 4K and 60fps on the next-gen consoles along with incorporating full ray traced lighting. The base game and DLC expansions will also feature ray traced global illumination (RTGI) and ray traced emissive lighting that was included first with The Two Colonels expansion. The next-gen release will also include vastly improved load times, 4K texture packs, and platform specific features like spatial audio and controller latency improvements on Xbox, with haptic features included for the PlayStation 5's Dual Sense controller. The Series S will have a targeted resolution of 1080p, will run at 60fps, and will also get the ray traced lighting effects.

They are also working on an FOV slider for the console release of the game.

Again, these upgrades are free to those with next-gen consoles that own the game on the old-gen platforms.

On the PC side of things, this won't be an update for the base game. It will instead be a separate entitlement given to players that own the original release. The new entitlement will require a GPU capable of ray tracing. You won't even be able to run it if you do not have an RTX capable card. This PC release will offer additional ray tracing features such as advanced ray traced reflections and support for DLSS 2.0 on Nvidia hardware.

The PC entitlement is, obviously, free to existing owners of the game. It will be released to the Epic Games Store (affiliate link), Steam, and GoG later this Spring.

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