Is it just us, or are post-apocalyptic wastelands the new World War II theme in first-person shooters? After GSC Game World's S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Bethesda's Fallout 3, and Gearbox's Borderlands, a new contestant is about to enter the scene: 4A Games' Metro 2033, which Shacknews says will become available on March 16 for both the PC and Xbox 360.
According to the Steam listing, the game takes place "in the shattered subway of a post apocalyptic Moscow." Here's the complete backstory:
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. 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.
You are Artyom, born in the last days before the fire, but raised Underground. Having never ventured beyond your Metro Station-City limits, one fateful event sparks a desperate mission to the heart of the Metro system, to warn the remnants of mankind of a terrible impending threat. Your journey takes you from the forgotten catacombs beneath the subway to the desolate wastelands above, where your actions will determine the fate of mankind.
All that may not sound particularly original, but the video trailers 4A Games has released don't look half bad. The theme, Russian accents, and dark, moody environments seem to us like a blend of Fallout 3 and the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. Fittingly, 4A Games happens to be based in the same city—Kiev, Ukraine—as GSC Game World.