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.