Metro Exodus launched almost a year ago. Now, as the first anniversary approaches, the story will come to a close with its second and final story expansion, Sam's Story on February 11.
The new expansion brings the game to a brand new open-world hub which continues the game's emphasis on varied biomes. This time, players travel to the tsunami-ravaged city of Vladivostok as Sam fights to get home to the United States. The game's official site paints the picture:
"Sam has long dreamed of returning to his homeland, and maybe finding his family alive. The prospect seemed impossible in the darkened tunnels of the Metro, but when the Spartans discovered that Moscow was not the only city left alive after the war, holding out hope didn’t feel so foolish anymore."
Metro Exodus launched on a very busy February 15, 2019 alongside other major releases like Far Cry New Dawn, Crackdown 3, and Jump Force, but it managed to out-duel all on them on a critical scale with its day-high "Strong" average review score of 83 from a massive pool of 160 reviewers.
Metro is based on the best-selling post-apocalyptic novels of the same name by Dmitry Glukhovsky. Though the first game, Metro 2033, follows the source material quite closely, later sequels have since gone on to tell their own stories while still taking inspiration from the horror novels. Metro Exodus was the first game in the series to offer open-world sections after two mostly linear titles. Its first story expansion, The Two Colonels launched last August to "Fair" scores. It has a 72 average on OpenCritic from six reviewers.
Deep Silver and 4A have yet to speak on what's next for the series. Does this final expansion hint that the series is heading to America in a future sequel? It's too early to tell, but then again, maybe Sam never makes it anyway.