Very little has been shown of Metro: Last Light following its delay into 2013, but now gamers will get another glimpse into the Moscow Metro. The full Enter The Metro short film has been unveiled, and it tells the origin story of Metro: Last Light star Artyom.
The trailer begins with a man listening to a radio, when he receives a distressing message. He then runs out of the building, past a lady with a baby. On one of the streets he runs by the doomsday preacher – the man pictured at the end of the teaser, screaming the word “armageddon.” Of course, this man’s predictions turn out to be all too true when nuclear missiles rain down on Moscow, forcing everyone into the Metro.
Clocking in at just under four and a half minutes, THQ wasn’t kidding when they said it would be a short film. But while Enter The Metro may have more brevity than the Ghost Recon: Alpha short film released last week, there’s still plenty to analyze.
“The Moscow Metro. A monumental feat of Soviet engineering, with a dark secondary purpose – to serve as a refuge in the event of an atomic attack. As the Cold War thawed and the threat of nuclear annihilation seemed to fade, this purpose was forgotten — except by a few, waiting for the signal, ready to open the vaults… the last refuge for the remnants of mankind.”
The child in the trailer is Artyom, the star of Metro: 2033 and Metro: Last Light, though 4A Games has changed his origin story around from the novel. In the film, viewers see Atryom given to one of the soldiers by his mother in order to save him from the missiles. In the novel, Artyom wasn’t being rescued from nuclear armageddon, but from rats. At this point he and his mother were already living underground in Timiryazevskaya station when large rats flooded in. Artyom’s mother gave him to a soldier, who would later take him to VDNKh station. Fans of the novel may take issue with the changes, but Artyom’s origin was never a huge component of the video game adaptation, so I’m more inclined to shrug it off.
Seeing as the child in the trailer is Artyom, then that means the man patrolling the subway has to be his Uncle Sasha. After bringing Atryom to VDNKh, the soldier adopts him. He prefers not to be called “father” though. The postcard that we received from THQ regarding the Enter The Metro teaser also makes mention of VDNKh station, which leads us to believe that is the station in the trailer. It’s unclear if Sasha and VDNKh will play a large role in Last Light, or if they’re just be used to tell an origin story.
It’s worth noting that at the end of the trailer, Atryom is dressed like a “Stalker.” Stalkers are people who went to the surface in order to collect valuables and necessities, and in Metro 2033, Atryom travels with a group of Stalkers on more than one occasion, including a trip to Ostankino tower, which is very close to VDNKh station.
We previously expressed reservations towards THQ and 4A Games expanding on Metro 2033′s backstory however, I think they handled it well. The film focuses more on Artyom than the events that lead up to nuclear armageddon, leaving that air of mystery that makes the Metro universe so intriguing.
Metro: Last Light releases in 2013 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. It is also in development for the Wii U.
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