During Gamescom, publisher Deep Silver announced that Metro: Last Light is definitely not the last game in the Metro series, stating that they are looking “…to making it more accessible for a broader gamer audience.” Clarifying in a blog post today, the CEO of Deep Silver, Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, said they will not be “…‘dumbing down’ the game in a bid to woo a wider, more ‘casual’ audience.“
If there’s an announcement fans don’t want to hear about a franchise, it’s when developers or publishers want to make it accessible to a wider audience. Usually this means simplifying the game in some of its elements, or aiming it at a different demographic altogether. Understandably, this is how some fans felt when Deep Silver announced their plans for the next Metro game. However, Kundratitz was quick to clarify that isn’t the case.
“Deep Silver will seek to make the world of Metro more accessible to a broader audience – through a commitment to ever higher product quality; through greater strategic investment in the brand; and, in the immediate term, through the release of dedicated Mac and Linux versions of Metro: Last Light.”
Even in the message boards on the blog a few of the posters express their relief that Deep Silver committed themselves to the Metro series. Moreover, Deep Silver is attempting to convey Metro to a wider audience “…without compromising the product’s strengths.”
Kundratitz continues, stating that “Whatever direction a new Metro game takes (and we are still assembling the drawing boards), it will build on the bleak, post apocalyptic pillars of atmosphere, immersion, challenge and depth that sets this franchise apart from the crowd.“
Taking all of this into consideration, Metro fans can rest easy knowing that the franchise is in very good hands.
Metro: Last Light is available on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, and will release on Mac on September 10th, as well as Linux later this year.