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Metro Exodus from 4A and Deep Silver has officially released for Linux

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While it was playable with the Steam Play Proton compatibility layer, 4A Games and Deep Silver have today officially released Metro Exodus for Linux.

"Metro Exodus is an epic, story-driven first person shooter from 4A Games that blends deadly combat and stealth with exploration and survival horror in one of the most immersive game worlds ever created. Explore the Russian wilderness across vast, non-linear levels and follow a thrilling story-line that spans an entire year through spring, summer and autumn to the depths of nuclear winter."

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Game Features:

  • Embark on an incredible journey - board the Aurora, a heavily modified steam locomotive, and join a handful of survivors as they search for a new life in the East
  • Experience Sandbox Survival - a gripping story links together classic Metro gameplay with new huge, non-linear levels
  • A beautiful, hostile world - discover the post-apocalyptic Russian wilderness, brought to life with stunning day / night cycles and dynamic weather
  • Deadly combat and stealth - scavenge and craft in the field to customize your arsenal of hand-made weaponry, and engage human and mutant foes in thrilling tactical combat
  • Your choices determine your comrades’ fate - not all your companions will survive the journey; your decisions have consequence in a gripping storyline that offers massive re-playability
  • The ultimate in atmosphere and immersion - a flickering candle in the darkness; a ragged gasp as your gasmask frosts over; the howl of a mutant on the night wind - Metro will immerse and terrify you like no other game…

As a reminder here's the specifications suggested for the Linux port:

Since Metro Exodus supports Ray Tracing on Linux, expect to need a powerful GPU to get good framerates in it.

Giveaway (CLOSED)

To go along with the release, a kind reader has offered up three copies to give away! These will be sent as a Steam Gift, so once winners are picked they will need to provide their Steam account for us to friend and then gift the copies. How to enter? Simply make it clear in your comment you wish to win a copy and winners will be picked Friday, April 16. Note: giveaway now closed!

Note: as of right now, it looks like they haven't sorted out all the key depots on Steam, meaning not everyone will actually be able to download the Linux version until they attach it all up correctly on Steam. It's a common pitfall we wrote about before to help developers. Update: this should now be solved.

If you find you have some audio popping, adding this as launch option may solve it:


You can buy it on Fanatical (on sale), Humble Store, and Steam

Here's some initial footage from the Linux port running on Ultra at 1080p. Recording did reduce the performance:

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WorMzy 14 Apr
Slightly disappointed that the game hardcodes qwerty key mappings (so on my dvorak keyboard it registers ',' as 'w', etc.), shouldn't cause any problems besides any tutorials or QTEs displaying the wrong character, but I thought game devs had progressed past this already.

Edit: played for about five minutes, got an OOM. Game used ~21GB of RAM. Might have more luck when I don't have a Arch build chroot setup in tmpfs taking up an additional 12G of memory but wow. Even the "extreme" system requirements only called for 16GB of memory. Suspect a memory leak, but I'll see if I can reproduce it.

Last edited by WorMzy on 14 April 2021 at 9:44 pm UTC
dorkster 14 Apr
I enjoyed the first two games on Linux, and I'm looking forward to playing this one, too.

Count me in for the giveaway :)
DigitalSin 14 Apr
Looks like a nice game.
I would like a key :)
orlfman 14 Apr
ok i got the game to work. i had to switch over to gnome on xorg. the game, natively, doesn't run under wayland. it crashes. at least for me. only works in an actual xorg session.

so i guess if i want to keep playing it on wayland i have to use proton as it will only launch under wayland via proton.

i got the idea because going through its files i saw files. sdl2 provides native wayland support. so it made me think it might be a wayland issue. i guess they didn't test on wayland :/

Last edited by orlfman on 14 April 2021 at 9:48 pm UTC
Ehvis 14 Apr
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They actually did it! Put may name up for the giveaway. But it'll come into my possession regardless!

Now to sift through a whole lot of comments to see if someone actually managed to get RT to work. :)
ikiruto 14 Apr
I would like to participate in the lottery of keys for Metro Exodus.

Last edited by ikiruto on 14 April 2021 at 9:56 pm UTC
GinGk0 14 Apr
Would love to win a key ! That would allow me to properly test my new RX6700XT !
Firecatmon 14 Apr
Yes I would like a copy!
drmoth 14 Apr
Hey Liam, does the fanatical key count as a Linux purchase?
F.Ultra 14 Apr
Fantastic news. Will buy a copy myself so no need to be included in any give-away.
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