See the Stunning Visuals of Metro Exodus in NVIDIA Collaboration

Posted March 26, 2018 by Richard Lee Breslin in Game Developers Conference, Gameplay, Gaming News, PC, PS4, Trailers, Xbox One

The Metro series in my opinion are among some of the most underappreciated games in recent times, as they have just about everything that I want from a horror game, suspense, sinister creatures, cruel humanity, the feeling of dread and a gripping story, I could go on further.  However, at the GDC last week, Deep Silver and 4A Games announced collaboration with NVIDIA using RTX technology, which will include real-time Global Illumination and as seen in the fly-through gameplay video below, the results look to be quite stunning.  The gameplay video is 4K compatible, so if you have a compatible monitor or TV, then you can watch it in all its glory.

With Metro Exodus, the third instalment to the series, it promises to be the biggest, best and downright most ambitious game yet.  We will once again play as protagonist Artyom, as he tries to survive the harsh, post-apocalyptic conditions in the wastelands of Moscow, Russia.  However, Artyom must now search for life and perhaps a new home to the east of Russia.


Metro Exodus will release for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during this coming Autumn.  You can read our review of Metro: Redux, which includes remastered versions of Metro: 2033 and Metro: Last Light here (seriously, play these games if you haven’t already).

If you want to read up more on the NVIDIA collaboration, then you can find added details via the press release below.

NVIDIA Reveals Collaboration with 4A Games on RTX Technology at GDC 2018

We are happy to announce our collaboration with NVIDIA using RTX technology to include real-time ray traced Global Illumination in our upcoming game, Metro Exodus.

During the NVIDIA press conference at GDC 2018, NVIDIA and Microsoft announced a graphic technology that video game developers have been waiting for. At 4A Games, we have always strived to be at the cutting edge of technology with the 4A Engine, and we’ve had a long standing relationship with NVIDIA that has always enabled us to achieve that goal.

Rather than create a theoretical tech demo to showcase this new RTX technology running in the 4A Engine, we wanted to explore a practical application in an in-game scenario that our fans could directly benefit from. This demonstration shows RTX implemented and running in Metro Exodus, on our proprietary 4A Engine, using actual game content – you might recognise this environment from our 2017 E3 trailer! We have utilized true raytracing to render both Ambient Occlusion and Indirect Lighting in full real-time, in a practical in-game scenario. The demo can be seen running at NVIDIA’s booth at GDC 2018.

“For many years, proper global illumination has been the holy grail of real-time rendering. There have been various solutions in the past, but all have had to compromise in some critical area.

Offline pre-rendered GI offers a great visual target, but sacrifices flexibility in production, in-game dynamics, and uses a lot of memory. Prior real-time solutions were always limited by distance of light propagation, lack of data behind objects or screen edges and produced visual issues like leaks or unnatural lighting.

But this is the point where hardware steps in bringing truly scale-independent ambient occlusion by allowing brute force tracing of multiple rays from each pixel several hundreds of meters each frame.

Dynamic lighting has always been a priority for the Metro series. We intentionally avoided pre-baked data and were relying on real-time methods to build our visuals to support more flexible, dynamic gameplay. Global Illumination is highly important for the proper “grounding” of objects and readability of shapes, which in turn create improved ease of navigation and enhanced visual impact for the player.

Previously, we had utilized a mix of several custom-made systems to satisfy our hungry demand for dynamic content of varying scale. Now we are able to replace it with one single system that covers all our needs and outputs the quality of offline renderers.” – 4A Games’ Chief Technical Officer, Oleksandr Shyshkovtsov.


Richard Lee Breslin
Richard Lee Breslin

Gamimg has been my life for 30+ years and will always be my passion. I have a BDes Hons Games Development and Digital Media, and I hope to one day turn my passion for gaming and writing into a living. My favourite gaming series are Resi Evil, Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, Assassin's Creed, Uncharted and The Last of Us. I collect gaming merchandise, comics and movies. I love football (namely Aston Villa) and WWE. I can also often be found wondering the outskirts of Raccoon City. Follow me on Twitter @Solidus5nake

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