Metro (franchise)

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Logo since Last Light
Created byDmitry Glukhovsky
Original workMetro 2033 (2005)
OwnerDeep Silver
Print publications
Novel(s)List of novels
Video game(s)Metro 2033 (2010)
Metro: Last Light (2013)
Metro Exodus (2019)

Metro (Russian: Метро) is a franchise consisting of novels and video games, which began with the release of Dmitry Glukhovsky's Metro 2033 novel in 2005. Although it began in Russia, the franchise has been rising in popularity outside of Russia. Ukrainian studio 4A Games had developed three video games set in the universe: Metro 2033 (2010), Metro: Last Light (2013) and Metro Exodus (2019).

All of the Metro stories share the same setting – the fictional world of Glukhovsky's original novel. Although it described only his own vision of a post-apocalyptic Moscow, the books of the extended universe take place in a wide variety of different areas. Among these are: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast, Nizhny Novgorod, Tver Oblast, Moscow Oblast, Kola Peninsula, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, and the Kaliningrad oblast. Some of the books in the series are set in other locations outside of Russia, such as Ukraine, Belarus, United Kingdom, Italy, Poland, and Antarctica.

Video games[edit]

A first-person shooter video game titled Metro 2033 was created for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 gaming platforms. It was developed by 4A Games in Ukraine and published in March 2010 by THQ. A sequel, Metro: Last Light, was released in May 2013 on Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Redux versions of the games were released in 2014, featuring updated graphics and gameplay with all previously released downloadable content bundled. The Metro Redux bundle was released for the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.[1] A third game, Metro Exodus, was released in February 2019.[2]

Title Details

  • NA: 16 March 2010
  • AU: 18 March 2010
  • EU: 19 March 2010
Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows,
OS X (2014), Linux (2015)

  • NA: 14 May 2013
  • AU: 16 May 2013
  • EU: 17 May 2013
Xbox 360, PlayStation 3,
Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux

  • NA: 26 August 2014
  • AU: 4 September 2014
  • EU: 29 August 2014
Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch (2020), Stadia

15 February 2019 – Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia
  • Sequel to Metro: Last Light
  • Development of the game began in 2014 at 4A Games' studios in Malta and Kyiv

Other novels[edit]

The Universe of Metro 2033 (Russian: Вселенная Метро 2033) is a series of short stories, novellas, and novels, spanning a variety of genres ranging from post-apocalyptic action to romance, written by several different authors. Despite being written by various authors, the stories of the extended Metro series are all supported by Dmitry Glukhovsky and advertised on the official Metro website.[3]

Author Title Locations Date of publication
Vladimir Berezin Road Signs Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Leningrad region, Tver Oblast, Moscow region December 2009
Sergey Antonov Dark Tunnels Moscow January 2010
Shimun Vrochek Piter Saint Petersburg, Leningrad region February 2010
Andrey Dyakov Towards the Light Saint Petersburg, Leningrad region June 2010
Andrey Erpylev The Yield by Force Moscow July 2010
Sergey Kuznetsov The Marble Paradise Moscow region, Moscow August 2010
Suren Tsormudian The Wanderer Moscow September 2010
Andrey Butorin The North Kola Peninsula, Murmansk October 2010
Sergey Antonov In the Interests of the Revolution Moscow November 2010
Alexandr Shakilov The War of Moles Kyiv December 2010
Ruslan Melnikov Murancha Rostov on Don January 2011
Sergey Paliy The Nameless Samara February 2011
Sergey Moskvin To See the Sun Novosibirsk March 2011
Andrey Grebenschikov Beneath the Hell Yekaterinburg April 2011
Anna Kalinkina Ghost Station Moscow June 2011
Andrey Dyakov Into the Darkness Leningrad region, Saint Petersburg June 2011
Sergey Zaytsev Corpsmen Moscow August 2011
Grant McMaster Britannia Glasgow, Scotland, England, Carlisle, York, Conisbrough, Doncaster, Sheffield, Chesterfield, Leicester, London September 2011
Igor Vardunas Ice Prison Baltic Sea, La Manche, Atlantic ocean, Africa, Antarctica October 2011
Andrey Butorin The Siege of the Paradise Kola Peninsula, Polyarnye Zori November 2011
Residents of Metro 2033 website The Last Refuge Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Moscow region, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Krasnodar, Biisk, Sochi December 2011
Sergey Antonov Unburied Moscow January 2012
Andrey Chernetsov, Valentin Lezhenda Blinding Emptiness Moscow, Kharkov January 2012
Tullio Avoledo Le radici del cielo ("Roots of Heaven") Rome, Lazio, Torrita Tiberina, Umbria, Marche, Urbino, Emilia Romagna, Rimini, Santarcangelo di Romagna, Ravenna, Veneto, Venezia March 2012
Anna Kalinkina The Kingdom of Rats Moscow March 2012
Zahar Petrov MRLs Minsk May 2012
Suren Tsormudyan Ancestral Heritage Kaliningrad July 2012
Denis Shabalov The Right to Force Serdobsk August 2012
Timothy Kalashnikov Wrong Side of the World Moscow September 2012
Sergey Moskvin Hunger Novaya Zemlya October 2012
Irina Baranova, Constantine Benev Witness Saint Petersburg November 2012
Andrey Butorin The Daughter of the Heavenly Spirit Kola Peninsula, Murmansk December 2012
Andrey Dyakov Over the Horizon Saint-Petersburg, Leningrad, Vologda, Cherepovets, Yaroslavl Oblast, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl, Ivanovo Oblast, Tatarstan, Kazan, Bashkortostan, Beloretsk, Yamantau, Orenburg Oblast, Dagestan, Kaspiysk, Primorsky Krai, Vladivostok January 2013
Denis Shabolov Right to Life Serdobsk, Penza Oblast, Mordovia, Tatarstan, Mari El, Komi Republic, Kirov oblast March 2013
Tullio Avoledo La crociata dei bambini ("The Children's Crusade") Milan March 2014
Paweł Majka Dzielnica obiecana ("The Promised District") Nowa Huta, Kraków, Poland August 2014
Robert J. Szmidt Otchłań (Abyss) Wrocław August 2015
Sergey Semyonov Aliens eyes Nizhny Novgorod December 2015
Robert J. Szmidt Wieża (Tower) Wrocław May 2016
Paweł Majka Człowiek obiecany (The Promised Man) Kraków November 2016
Artur Chmielewski Achromatopsja (Achromatopsia) Warsaw March 2017
Tullio Avoledo The Conclave of Darkness March 2019
Pierre Bordage Rive Gauche (Left Bank) Paris May 2020
Pierre Bordage Rive Droite (Right Bank) Paris March 2021


Most of the written works of the series were originally released in Russia. Some books from the universe of Metro 2033, like Piter, Towards the Light and Into the Darkness, have been translated to a number of European languages, such as German, Polish and Swedish.[4] Prior to 2014 and the video games Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light, no books in the series were released in a country where English is the prominent language.[5]

Other media[edit]

The boardgame "Metro 2033"[6]

A graphic novel titled Metro 2033: Britannia Comic Prologue inspired by the prologue of the Metro 2033 novel Britannia was published in 2012. The story was written by Grant McMaster, the author of the novel and is illustrated by Benedict Hollis. It is available as a free download and unlike the novels it is in English rather than Russian.[7]

A Metro 2033 board game based on the original novel was released in 2011. It was designed by Sergei Golubkin and was published by Hobby World.[6][8]

The Metro series was also being developed into films by Michael De Luca and Solipsist Films, but the deal has been cancelled by Glukhovsky due to his disapproval to their Americanization of his work. The new and only Russian Metro 2033 film adaptation project was announced in 2019 for the planned 2022 release.


  1. ^ Sarkar, Samit (24 June 2014). "Metro Redux launches Aug. 26 on PC, PS4, Xbox One". Polygon. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  2. ^ Brown, Fraser (13 December 2018). "Metro Exodus brings its release date forward by a week". PC Gamer. Future US. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Metro 2033 books" (in Russian).
  4. ^ "Dmitrij Gluchovskij". Coltso Publisher (Sweden). 31 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Metro 2034 in English is finally released". Facebook. 3 March 2014.
  6. ^ a b "The boardgame "Metro 2033"". BoardGameGeek.
  7. ^ "Publications". Archived from the original on 11 October 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  8. ^ "{Exclusive} Michael De Luca Boards Adaptation Of Post-Apocalyptic Video Game "Metro 2033"". The Tracking Board. 16 January 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2016.

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