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Ex-STALKER devs' Metro 2033 now 360, PC only

THQ picks up missing-in-action shooter

In 2006 a band of ex-STALKER developers, 4A Games announced FPS, Metro 2033. Now in 2009, band of ex-STALKER developers, 4A Gamer have erm, announced FPS, Metro 2033.

THQ's the publisher behind the now 360 and PC-only first-person shooter (PS3 has been seemingly dropped), and it promises to "plunge gamers into a terrifying vision of the future." A bit like STALKER, then.

Set in the shattered subway of a post apocalyptic Moscow, Metro 2033 is a story of intensive underground survival where "the fate of mankind rests in your hands", says the publisher.

"In 2013 the world was devastated by an apocalyptic event, annihilating almost all mankind and turning the earth's surface into a poisonous wasteland. A handful of survivors took refuge in the depths of the Moscow underground, and human civilization entered a new Dark Age.

"The year is 2033," the dramatic plot reading continues. "An entire generation has been born and raised underground, and their besieged Metro Station-Cities struggle for survival, with each other, and the mutant horrors that await outside."

Apparently you play as Artyom, a man raised underground but now forced by a "fateful event" to journey to the desolate wastelands above and save the world. The story's apparently based on the book of the same name by Dmitry Glukhovsky, whom we've never heard of. Probably because we're not from Ukraine.

"4A Games have worked closely with Dmitry Glukhovsky to deliver a unique game world, a compelling, cinematic story and an incredible, atmospheric experience to rival anything in the category," says THQ VP, Richard Williams.

"Metro 2033 boasts some of the most advanced graphics and PhysX effects we've ever seen," said Ujesh Desai, vice president of GPU business at NVIDIA. "From what we've seen so far, this will be a showcase PC gaming title for 2010!"

We look forward to the third announcement in 2011.