'Metro Exodus' Release Time: When You Can Download for PS4, Xbox

Players should be able to begin killing mutants in the Russian post-apocalypse of Metro Exodus at midnight local time, early Friday morning, but there is some variance in possible download times and preload unlock times for the new title from 4A Games.

'Metro Exodus' Release Time: When Can You Download on PS4?

While it's not always the case with DLC and smaller game releases, the PlayStation Store has marquee releases like Metro Exodus available for download right at midnight. Typically, games are released for download to the PS4 at 12 a.m. EST, which means sometimes West Coast players get a head-start. But that may not be the case with Metro Exodus—Amazon lists the game's availability as 12 a.m. PST. Still, the official Metro Exodus Twitter account is saying 12 a.m. EST, so West Coast players should probably keep an eye out around 9 p.m. PST.

'Metro Exodus' Release Time: When Can You Download on Xbox One?

Unlike the PlayStation Store, an exact download time is already listed on the Xbox One preorder page for Metro Exodus. For anyone playing on Xbox, Metro Exodus will be available for download at midnight across all time zones.

What About a 'Metro Exodus' Preload Unlock Time?

It's also possible to preload Metro Exodus on PS4 and Xbox One. Preloading is not available in the Epic Game Store. While preloading is automatic on Xbox One, you'll need to activate the download yourself on PS4:

  1. Go to Library, then Purchased. Highlight and select Metro Exodus.
  2. Click the countdown timer.
  3. You should now see the automatic download details.

'Metro Exodus' Gameplay and Review: Is It Worth the Preorder?

If you've played Fallout 4, then you already have a decent sense of what gameplay is like in Metro Exodus. It's not an RPG, so Metro Exodus excises all the leveling, stats and conversation trees, but it captures a powerful post-apocalyptic atmosphere with a similar balance of exploration and gunplay as more recent Fallout entries. Metro Exodus is a fantastic distillation of all the best wasteland exploration vibes, with the addition of survival horror and verisimilitudinous touches like replacing gas mask filters, wiping off your mask and charging batteries with a hand crank.

Metro Exodus isn't quite an open world game or a linear, mission-based shooter. After the initial chapters in Moscow, Exodus visits several large, open world-esque maps, where players will shoot up bandit camps and monster nests while completing a handful of story missions. The maps aren't Fallout, or even Metal Gear Solid V, jumbo, but they're big enough. It's a unique blend of open world and tailored narrative mechanics, which means chapters in the Exodus campaign often feel very different from one another. My favorite map was somewhere between open and linear, following a shoreline for miles through post-apocalyptic villages and encounters with the local wildlife. Metro Exodus has all of the gameplay advantages of open-world mechanics, just without the sprawl.

'Metro Exodus' Download Size and System Requirements

Metro Exodus isn't a small game, so you'll want to clear some hard drive space. Here are the download sizes for each system:

  • Metro Exodus PS4 Download Size: 53 GB
  • Metro Exodus Xbox One Download Size: 53.45 GB
  • Metro Exodus PC Download Size: 59 GB

Metro Exodus has several graphical features that high-end PCs can take advantage, particularly real-time ray tracing, which improves lighting to give a better sense of volume and space. So while the minimum system requirements will do, Metro Exodus can look spectacular with the right specs.

Minimum

  • Intel Core i5-4440 or better
  • 8GB RAM
  • GeForce GTX 670, GeForce GTX 1050, AMD Radeon HD 7870 or better graphics card
  • 2 GB VRAM

Recommended

  • Intel Core i7-4770K or better
  • 8 GB RAM
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 1070, GeForce RTX 2060, AMD RX Vega 56
  • 8 GB VRAM

If that sounds like the game for you, then check out Metro Exodus when it becomes available for download Friday, February 15.

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