Metro: Last Light Locks Difficulty as Pre-order Bonus/DLC


Atmospheric shooter Metro 2033’s sequel, Last Light, is set to launch amidst controversy. While the PC will offer the hardcore difficulty “Ranger Mode” intact, console gamers will have to pre-order Last Light or spend $5 to access the mode later.

Advertisements proclaim Ranger as, “the way the game is meant to be played,” making the cut as a bonus rather baffling. PC Gamer was able to pull some information from Metro’s brand manager Huw Beynon:

“Game makers and publishers now live in a world where offering game content as a pre-order exclusive is a requirement by retail, and Ranger Mode seemed like the best choice since it was a mode for hardcore fans who would most likely pre-order the game, or purchase it at launch in any case…”

What Beynon never explains is why this mode in particular was chosen. Why not another in-game item? A bonus pack of ammunition is also part of this pack, so why not stop there? Have pre-order bonuses and DLC finally “jumped the shark?”