Metro: Last Light Short Film

It’s been a while since THQ or 4A Games have shared any information on the upcoming Metro: Last Light. Those itching to crawl back into the Moscow subway system should be ecstatic to hear that the Metro website is counting down to a live-action short film that will premiere next week.

Heading over to the official Metro: Last Light website redirects users to a new page, titled “Enter The Metro.” This site features an image comprised of eight lightbulbs, slowly counting down to the trailer’s premiere on May 24th, 2012.

While the site itself doesn’t offer many clues, there are a few things worth paying attention to. First of all, the site is titled “Enter The Metro,” which leads us to believe the trailer will be used to explain the premise of the Metro franchise. Those who have not played the first game or read the book it’s based on could certainly use a refresher — especially PS3-only owners, who were never able to play the original Xbox 360/PC title.

Metro Last Light Shotgun

The title could indicate two possibilities, one being that the trailer will give players a look into life in the Metro, seeing how people live and building on the game’s atmosphere. The second is that the the trailer will give some insight into the backstory, showing how humans were forced to live underground. Neither the game nor the novel really explain the events of the latter, and I’d really prefer that THQ avoid telling that part of the story — it gives the game a very mystical charm.

It’s likely that the lights on the teaser page are there to represent main character Artyom, who we assume to be the “Last Light” the game’s title refers to. Perhaps we’ll get to see a cameo from the silent protagonist.

Check out the teaser site and let us know if you think we missed anything — though aside from the “register for updates” option, there’s little else to go by.

After being delayed to 2013, any news on Metro: Last Light is good news. It’s a bit disappointing that this will just be a live-action trailer (we want to see more gameplay!), but at least it should give some more insight into the game’s story.

Metro: Last Light releases in 2013 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, with a Wii U version also in development. The live action trailer launches on May 24th.