THQ today announced the release date for their post-apocalyptic FPS Metro 2033
, scheduled to hit North American stores on March 16th, and in Europe on March 19th.
The game is based on a cult novel of the same name by Russain novelist Dmitry Glukhovsky, who originally published the book for free online, and is currently in the process of selling the film rights to a Hollywood studio too. THQ have described the game as a combination survival horror, RPG and first-person shooter; a genre that no one should call SHRPGFPS.
Set in the shattered subway of a post apocalyptic Moscow, Metro 2033 is a story of intensive underground survival where the fate of mankind rests in your hands.
In 2013, the world was devastated by an apocalyptic event, annihilating almost all mankind and turning the earth’s surface into a poisonous wasteland. A handful of survivors took refuge in the depths of the Moscow underground, and human civilization entered a new Dark Age.
The year is 2033. An entire generation has been born and raised underground, and their besieged Metro Station-Cities struggle for survival, with each other, and the mutant horrors that await outside.
You are Artyom, born in the last days before the fire, but raised Underground. Having never ventured beyond your Metro Station-City limits, one fateful event sparks a desperate mission to the heart of the Metro system, to warn the remnants of mankind of a terrible impending threat. Your journey takes you from the forgotten catacombs beneath the subway to the desolate wastelands above, where your actions will determine the fate of mankind.
THQ also announced a Limited Edition of the game, including an exclusive in-game weapon – the formidable automatic shotgun – and four art cards by the Russian painter Anton Grechko, who was commissioned to create a range of artwork inspired by the universe of Metro 2033. The Limited Edition should be available for pre-order now, with "selected retailers" also offering free Metro 2033
themed Xbox Avatar items. Yawn, anyone else sick to death of pre-order bonuses available only at one shop?
Two trailers for the game are available on the marketplace, so check the link below to download them both from Xbox.com.