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Why Metro: Redux is not a free upgrade – 4A games addresses issue

Metro: Redux developer 4A Games has #responded to complaints over their Steam pricing structure, which gives #customers with Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light in their Steam library a 50% discount on the corresponding Redux updates.

Metro: Redux is a fully remastered collection of Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light, available individually or together as a boxed compilation. Metro 2033 has received the most updates with a revamping using the engine pioneered for Metro: Last Light. But 4A “readily admits” that Metro: Last Light “does not represent as significant a change over the original.”

This lack of significant change has caused members of the Steam community to question the rationale behind the 50% discount for Last Light in particular, suggesting that it should have been a free update or a bigger discount.

4A has directly answered the question in a statement, justifying the price structure in light of the project. “Almost the entire team of around 80 people at 4A Games will have been working on the Metro Redux titles for almost a year by the time we release next month. It has been a substantial project for the studio.”

4A deemed Last Light’s 50% discount fair because it included the DLC, new game modes, and enhancements. Although 4A Games considered a greater discount for players who already owned the DLC, it raised too many practical and logistical challenges. “In the end, a flat 50% discount was judged to be the simplest, fairest solution. Ultimately, you are free to vote with your wallets.”

As for Metro 2033, 4A feels the price is “more than fair” in light of complete remake in the latest engine.

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