Fri, Aug 23, 2013 | 15:06 BST
Deep Silver says that Metro franchise will ‘absolutely continue’
The Metro series looks set to continue, as publisher Deep Silver says the most recent game Last Light was ‘positive experience.’ They say they want subsequent entries to appeal to a wider range of players.
Deep Silver CEO Dr. Klemens Kundratitz spoke to Joystiq about Metro: Last Light, which the publisher picked up when it was practically finished for $5.9 million during the THQ asset auction.
“I’m very glad we acquired that brand,” he said. “While it launched in a very dry space in the gaming calendar this year, it still got a lot of attention. Our ambition is to absolutely continue with that brand and we will also, in the next phase, look to making it more accessible for a broader gamer audience.”
This could be a statement to be concerned about. Often when a franchise is ‘made more accessible’ it loses what made it so effective in the first place. In the case of Metro, they have a good relationship with the author of the source material, who owns the license. This relationship should help retain the identity of the franchise.
“It is true with a license you have to be aligned with the license holder. In this case it’s [Metro 2033 author] Dmitry Glukhovsky who holds the license and he’s a great guy. He enjoys the game, the success of the game and we have a good relationship.” Kundratitz continued, “He is a great contributor. Also, going forward, as he has been very positive contributing to the last game – I think he can play an active role for whatever comes in the future.”
There has been no announcement of a new Metro game just yet, but Kundratitz confirmed that Deep Silver has plans to work with developer 4A Games again.