While THQ may be dying, according to Games Thirst, new screenshots of 4A Games' upcoming survival horror FPS Metro: Last Light have emerged. The screenshots show a variety of things such as how messed up the world has become in the wake of World War III, and flamethrowers.

The trailers also show the engines capabilities of rendering impressive lighting effects. Lighting plays a major role in Metro games as the atmosphere of the games demand well done lighting. The screenshots also give a glimpse of one of the interior zones in the game, with (presumably) friendly NPCs.
Earlier this month, THQ had announced the release date for Metro: Last Light. The game will see a release in March 2013 on the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3 and the PC. Initial copies of Metro: Last Light will be sold as a Limited Edition and will include exclusive content. The game is now available for pre-order from THQ at $59.99 (approximately Rs 3267) for all platforms.

The Metro: Last Light Limited Edition will include a standard retail copy of the game with ‘Ranger Mode', the fan-favourite game type from Metro 2033 that represents the ultimate, immersive Metro experience. Additionally, the Limited Edition includes the Ranger load-out, containing bonus military grade bullets to spend on weapon upgrades and equipment, and the deadly AKS-74U modified Russian rifle.

“‘Ranger Mode’ provides the definitive Metro experience,” said Huw Beynon, Creative Strategist, THQ. “It’s deservedly regarded as one of the most immersive, atmospheric challenges in gaming and we think fans will be very happy to see its return in the Metro: Last Light Limited Edition.”

Recently, THQ had released a trailer for Metro: Last Light that showed some of the gameplay. Judging from the trailer, the game will be sticking to its survival horrror roots, but will also have extensive outdoor areas to explore and kill monsters in. The game also seems to be sticking to being as atmospheric as Metro 2033 was with claustrophobic levels and messed up mutants.

Back in November, the company had released a live action trailer for Metro: Last Light. The trailer doesn't show any gameplay or in-game graphics, but aims to flesh out the world of Metro instead. It is the story of some of the survivors of the Armageddon. According to the developers, “They fled to the refuge of the Metro and escaped Armageddon. Now beneath the toxic wastelands, these lucky few adapt to survive in this new and inhospitable world, an unrelenting purgatory.”

Metro: Last Light takes place several months after the first game. All the major factions of the underground Metro system are preparing to fight over the D6 bunker. Last Light is set to be a direct sequel to 2033 and will be seeing a release on the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3 and the PC in March 2013.

The Metro series takes place in a post-apocalyptic Moscow. The first game was notable for being highly atmospheric and having a unique economy where bullets were the currency. This opened up questions to the player about whether any given bullet is more useful when being shot, or when being traded for either a few better bullets, or a lot of worse bullets.

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