4A Games is working on an improved version of Metro Exodus for PC. It is not an update, but a new version, which requires a video card with support for ray tracing. Those who already own the game will get the new version for free.
On the PC, Metro Exodus already used some ray tracing effects. For example, the technology was used for global illumination. The new version will use ray tracing in more ways, including for reflections and shadows. The PC version will also receive support for Nvidia’s DLSS 2.0. The Enhanced Edition will be released in the spring, when exactly is not yet known.
According to 4A Games, the Enhanced Edition of Metro Exodus will require at least a GPU that supports ray tracing. There is support for both AMD and Nvidia GPUs. Due to the significant changes, it is not an update, but a completely new game. Gamers who have already purchased Metro Exodus will receive the new version for free. The same is true for the console versions.
PC version with new ray tracing effects
In announcing Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition for PC, 4A Games also mentioned new details about the next-gen version for consoles in the works. The game was already available on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but last year the developer announced that a new console version will be coming with support for ray tracing on the Xbox Series X and S and PlayStation 5.
On the PS5 and Series X, the game runs in 4k at 60fps and both the game and the expansions are equipped with ray tracing. According to 4A Games, loading times have been drastically shortened and support for the DualSense controller of the PlayStation 5. The game will run in 1080p resolution on the Xbox Series S, but also with 60fps and ray tracing.
4A Games also announced that the macOS version of Metro Exodus is expected to hit the Mac App Store in March. The Mac version is also available via Steam and the Epic Games Store. A Linux version will follow “a little later” on Steam.