Metro Exodus

I never finished Metro Exodus back when it initially launched. Looking to remedy this, I decided to give it another go from the start of the campaign. This was around late April of 2021. And considering I was playing it on my PS5, I was also hoping for a little extra boost in performance. I got about halfway through the desert map before I heard that 4A was planning to release a free next-gen upgrade for anyone who owned the last-gen version, and that it was due to come out mid-June, which was only a few weeks away at that point. So, I decided to halt my progress and set the game down again, but in this case only for a matter of weeks so I could wait for the best console version available.

That is, until I found out that, although Xbox owners get to carry their last-gen saves forward, PlayStation owners would have to forgo everything that came before and start a fresh save file. There is a feature that breaks the game up into chapters, so theoretically I could jump in mostly right around where I left off, however this would negate any upgrades I have collected for my equipment and weapons — hell, the base weapons themselves would be lost as well. Not to mention Trophy support gets turned off if you decide to forgo your inventory progress and just pick up where you left off.

This has given me a great deal of hesitation. Sure, Metro Exodus looks even more gorgeous with the visual upgrades. But at a loss of quite a bit of progress, upgrades, and invested resources — and without Trophies — this seems like a cruel joke more than a cool upgrade. I guess I shouldn’t complain, as it is free and completely up to me whether I want to opt in. But it still stings nonetheless, especially since Xbox owners get to enjoy their cake and eat it too.

To add insult to injury, the official Metro Exodus website has the nerve to insist that this failure to implement cross-platform saves is actually good for me, as if being able to carry my old save forward would somehow lessen my experience.

There is no save transfer on PlayStation, but no one ever regretted playing it more than once! [emphasis mine]

We added a Chapter Unlock feature to both the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 console versions, for players who do not want to play through again, but want to see a particular level with the new features. This provides a default set of equipment and resources at the start of the selected chapter. Achievements are turned off for the save slot when the unlock button is pressed. However we highly recommend you play through again, to get the best experience, and maybe a different ending.

4A Games

The next-gen update for Metro Exodus is out now for Xbox Series S/X and PS5, and the PC upgrade went live back in April. All versions include ray tracing and updates to the textures and visuals, so there you have it.

You can check out the launch trailer for the upgrade below.

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