Metro Awakening VR: Everything We Know (So Far)

It has been a long time coming but finally, Metro Awakening has been confirmed. Being developed by Arizona Sunshine 2 studio Vertigo Games, Metro Awakening VR is now on the launch roster for 2024. Coming to multiple VR platforms, here’s everything we know so far.

Metro’s History

The Metro franchise began with 4A Games’ Metro 2033 (2010), an adaption of Dmitry Glukhovsky’s novel of the same name. That was followed by Metro: Last Light and Metro Redux. The first hints of a VR edition came in 2021 when Vertigo announced a collaboration with publisher Deep Silver.

In late 2023, a job listing highlighted that Vertigo Games was working on a “high-profile, multi-platform, AAA VR game” based on a globally recognised franchise. Finally, just before PlayStation’s State of Play where the official announcement was made, a rumour appeared on X (formerly Twitter) popping the Metro bubble.

As it turns out, the studio has been working on the project for the last two and a half years!

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So what do we know so far? Well, we’ve got narrative details, the VR headsets the game is coming to and much more.

Metro Awakening Story

The Metro 2033 story is fairly well-known by now, set in a post-apocalyptic world where the Earth’s surface is now a poisonous wasteland. That forced everyone underground, in this case, into the dark tunnels of Moscow’s metro system.

Rather than continuing the story, Vertigo’s game is a prequel. They are offering up an all-new immersive, story-driven adventure set in 2028, with the help of series author and creator Dmitry Glukhovsky.

“You assume the role of Serdar, a doctor on a quest to reunite with his wife by travelling through the mutant-ridden tunnels beneath a post-apocalyptic Moscow. As Serdar, you will navigate a complex storyline that tests beliefs in the rational and tempts you to embrace the awakening of the being you are destined to become.”

Awakening Gameplay

When it comes to Awakening’s gameplay, it looks to serve up a mixture of classic Metro combined with VR mechanics. Series fans will be used to scrambling for gas mask filters and their headlamps flickering in the darkness. But now you’ve got manually reloadable weapons, physically climbable environments, and the kind of jump scares only possible in VR.

Plus, for PSVR 2 owners there are features like adaptive triggers to feel the pull of your weapons’ triggers. Then the headset haptics kicks in when you get hit by a bullet.

Metro VR Supported Platforms

Currently, Vertigo Games has confirmed that Metro Awakening VR will support PSVR 2, Meta Quest 2 and Quest 3, and PCVR headsets on Steam.

Metro Awakening Release Date

With 2.5 years of development under its belt, Vertigo isn’t too far off a release date. Metro Awakening VR will be headed to all supported platforms in 2024, a precise launch date has yet to be revealed.

So that’s everything we currently know about Metro Awakening VR at present. Are you looking forward to its arrival? Are you a series veteran? Let us know in the comments below.