4A Games

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4A Games
Industry Video game industry
Founded 2005
Headquarters Kyiv, Ukraine (2005-2014)
Malta (2014-present)
Key people
Dean Sharpe (CEO)
Products Metro series
Number of employees
Website www.4a-games.com

4A Games is a video game developer company based in Malta.[1] It is known for developing the Metro video game franchise (Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light.)[2]


The company was formed in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2005 and started in February 13, 2006. It was founded by former employees of GSC Game World a year before that company released its flagship title, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. Notable founding members of 4A Games were Oles Shyskovtsov and Oleksandr Maksymchuk, the programmers who worked on the development of the X-Ray Engine used in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series.[3] After working on S.T.A.L.K.E.R's X-Ray Engine, they utilized the tools and knowledge gained from this experience to build their signature 4A Engine and became the chief technical officers of 4A Games.[4] The 4A Engine was created for game creation for next-generation consoles and high-end PCs, and granted the company a certificate from the State Department of Intellectual Property of Ukraine to the property rights of the program on November 28, 2006.[5] The development of the 4A Engine lead to the development of the company's first game, Metro 2033.

Metro series[edit]

The company's first game was Metro 2033, an adaptation of a novel of the same name by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. Work on the project began in 2006, which was first unveiled to the public during the 2009 Games Convention in Leipzig.[5] The game was announced to the press via THQ, the game's publisher, and Nvidia, who worked with the developers to integrate state-of-the-art PhysX functionality.[6] The game was released in March 2010 on the Xbox 360 and Windows to generally favorable reviews.[7]

Following their initial success, 4A Games began work on the sequel, Metro: Last Light, which was announced during the 2011 E3 convention.[8] The new game faced several issues in its production, whose release date was delayed from 2012 to 2013.[9] The most significant setback for the company occurred in January 2013, when the game's publisher, THQ, closed down after declaring bankruptcy and auctioning off its intellectual properties. The publishing rights to the Metro 2033 franchise, including the sequel, were sold to Koch Media for $5.8 million on 22 January, allowing the company to finish making the game.[10] Metro: Last Light was finally released on May 14, 2013, and was published by Deep Silver, Koch Media's video game label. [11]

On 30 March 2014, it was leaked of a re-release of both Metro games titled Metro: Redux. The next day, 4A Games confirmed only of the game's existence, but said that the leaks are not indicative of the product as it is or will be. It was also stated that a more formal announcement will come before the 2014 E3 Show.[12]The game was released on 26 August, 2014 in North America and 29 August, 2014 in Europe


In 12 May 2014, 4A Games announced to expand their studios by opening a new studio in Malta, making this their new headquarters. The existing studio will continue to operate in Kiev, Ukraine. [13]

List of video games[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
Win OS X Linux X360 XBO PS3 PS4
2010 Metro 2033 Yes No No Yes No No No
2013 Metro: Last Light Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
2014 Metro Redux Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes
TBA "Sand-box-style experience" [14]


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  2. ^ "First Look: Metro 2033". 2006-08-17. 
  3. ^ "Gsc - S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Team". Stalker Game World. Retrieved 2014-05-15. 
  4. ^ "4A Games". Last FM. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "4A Games Info". Last FM. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Metro 2033 Shooter Brings Apocalypse to Moscow". Last FM. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Metro 2033 Metacritic". Last FM. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Metro Last Light E3 Reveal". Last FM. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "THQ delays Metro Last Light". Last FM. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Koch Media offers $22.3M for Volition and $5.8M for 4A Games' Metro franchise in THQ auction". Last FM. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Metro Last Light Release Date Announced". Last FM. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Metro: Last Light". Enterthemetro.com. Retrieved 2014-05-15. 
  13. ^ "4A Games Announce Plans to Open a New Studio in Malta". 4A Games. 
  14. ^ "Metro: Last Light studio 4A Games teases a "sandbox-style experience"". PC Gamer. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 

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