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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:

PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60 %command%

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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Jahimself 15 Apr
I would love to see the third metro episode. Would also love to see how it's raytracing behave on linux with my hardly acquiered rtx.
gojul 15 Apr
Quoting: orlfmanalright so game refuses to launch natively for me... but if i launch it via proton it runs just fine -_-

If you have a NVidia GPU make sure the following file is present :
/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libnvidia-rtcore.so.[driver_version]

You can get it from your package manager. For Debian it is in package libnvidia-rtcore. For Ubuntu it is on package libnvidia-gl-[your_driver_version]. For other distros, you get the idea...
https://packages.ubuntu.com/focal-updates/amd64/libnvidia-gl-460/filelist
babai 15 Apr
Metro is an awesome series! I'd really like to have a copy of this.
Gryxx 15 Apr
Hi. Wish to enter giveaway.
Reinstalled, plays beautifully! 2560x1440 Manjaro KDE kernel 5.11.x, i7-8700K, 5700XT, latest mesa release
Is the benchmark tool included?
uriil 15 Apr
I hope to Win the game or I will wait till it gets a discount to get it
s8as8a 15 Apr
I would love to win a copy of this game. :D
pb 15 Apr
If it's totally random, I would of course love to get a copy. But otherwise it might be best to gift it to whom played and finished the first two games, which I haven't so far.
Samsai 15 Apr
Welp, it indeed doesn't run on Wayland and it doesn't seem like tweaking the config files makes much of a change there, so the game is probably doing some kind of weird X11 hackery that is not compatible with XWayland. Although it seems like others that have managed to get the game running are running into memory leaks, so maybe I am not missing out too much. Definitely needs a patch or two this one.
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