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Metro Exodus
Metro Exodus cover
Developers
4A Games
Publishers
Deep Silver
Engines
4A Engine
Release dates
Windows February 15, 2019
Metro Exodus guide on StrategyWiki
Metro Exodus on MobyGames
Metro Exodus on Wikipedia
Metro
Metro 2033 2010
Metro: Last Light 2013
Metro 2033 Redux 2014
Metro: Last Light Redux 2014
Metro Exodus 2019

Key points

Microsoft Store version has multiple problems that are exclusive to that version of the game. See Issues unresolved

General information

Official website for the series.
PC changelog
Official Discord server for the series.
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Epic Games Launcher
Only available in certain territories.
Some stores or copies might inaccurately list Steam as the platform.[1]
Windows
Epic Games Store
Epic Games Launcher
Gold Edition also available.
Windows
Humble Store
Epic Games Launcher
Gold Edition also available.
Windows
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Xbox Game Pass for PC, Gold Edition also available.
Windows
Steam
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Gold Edition also available.
Windows
All versions require Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Expansion Pass Includes The Two Colonels and Sam's Story.
Windows
The Two Colonels
Windows
Sam's Story
Windows

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

The game itself enables you to skip intro video by pressing "E". To always skip them, follow these instructions:

Instructions
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Delete or rename credits.webm and legal.webm.

Enable manual saving in Ranger mode

Game is bugged and hardly ever saves in Ranger mode.
Instructions
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open profile.cfg and set g_game_difficulty value to 2
  3. Open user.cfg and set ranger_mode_game value to on
  4. Launch the game, go into gameplay options and select options to enable/disable. Make sure difficulty is set to hardcore (switch between difficulties) and make sure manual saving is enabled in-game

Notes

Unfortunately, transparent or invisible HUD prompts are not possible with this tweak.
Also works in new game + mode. After starting a game, repeat the above steps.

Game data

In the sections below, "Windows" means the Epic Games Store version, started from its .exe (\Program Files\Epic Games\MetroExodus\MetroExodus.exe), not via Epic Games Launcher. Note that on Windows, neither the game nor the Epic Games Launcher synchronizes any of the locations listed here with any of the others.

Configuration file(s) location

The list below shows the directories where the game stores its configuration files. On Windows, the file that configures the settings is user.cfg. There is another configuration file in the same directory, profile.cfg, with unknown purpose, possibly related to the Epic Games user profile.

System Location
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\DeepSilver.ProjectWindfall_hmv7qcest37me\SystemAppData\wgs\<user-id>\
Epic Games Store %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\metro exodus\<user-id>\
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\metro exodus\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/412020/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\DeepSilver.ProjectWindfall_hmv7qcest37me\SystemAppData\wgs\[CRYPTIC-NUMBER-REPRESENTING-GAME-DATA-FOLDER]\[CRYPTIC-NUMBER-REPRESENTING-SAVE-FOLDER][2]
Epic Games Store %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\metro exodus\<user-id>\
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\metro exodus\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/412020/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

Video settings

Video Settings Page 1
Video Settings Page 1
Video Settings Page 2
Video Settings Page 2
Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Default is 60° vertical. See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
x4, x16
Anti-aliasing (AA)
SSAA x0.4-4.0 controlled with "Shading Rate" option. TAA is enabled by default.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
None, Half, Full.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate cap.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Field of view (FOV)

This game uses vertical FOV. See FOV Calculator for help.
Change field of view[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open user.cfg
  3. Change r_base_fov from the default 60 to the desired value (up to a maximum of 90).
For 120 horizontal FOV, change set value to 90.

Notes

Increasing the FOV will reveal unfinished player model.
Blood overlay (when getting damaged) doesn't scale with FOV.

Windowed

Set windowed/borderless mode[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open user.cfg.
  3. Change r_fullscreen on to r_fullscreen off.
  4. Use Special K or Borderless Gaming if you want to force borderless fullscreen window mode.

Motion blur

Disable motion blur[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open user.cfg
  3. Change r_blur_level and r_game_mblur_scale to 0

Input settings

In-game Keyboard Settings
In-game Keyboard Settings
In-game Mouse Settings
In-game Mouse Settings
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Accessibility options for QTE events: Tap, Press, Hold
Mouse acceleration
Raw input possible by tweaking configuration files. See Mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
See also Mouse sensitivity.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Partial. Two presets. Can also change shoulder buttons to triggers, invert y-axis, change movement stick from LS to RS.
Controller sensitivity
General, Aim, Aim Assist, Auto Aim Border.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Controller plugged in after game launch, auto detected once a button is pressed. Changes button prompts automatically.
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Mouse acceleration

Disable mouse acceleration/smoothing[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open user.cfg
  3. Set sens_border to 2
  4. Set mouse_curve_num and mouse_curve_coef to 0
  5. Save file and exit.

Mouse sensitivity

Set optimal mouse sensitivity for higher FOVs[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open user.cfg
  3. Set sens to 0.59399998 for FOV value of 90, which converts to 120 horizontal.
  4. Save file and exit.

Audio settings

Sound Settings
Sound Settings
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Dialog, music, and master. See also Separate volume controls.
Surround sound
Dolby Atmos [1]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

[1] On Windows (Windows 10 Pro 1909 at least), with Dolby Atmos (Version 3.20402.409 of 2019-04-26 at least) in its default "Music" mode, directional audio may not work as expected. Speaker's voices fade in and out seemingly at random, making it next to impossible to follow dialogue. It sounds as if Artyom has a hearing problem. One solution is to switch Atmos to "Games" mode (translated from "Spiele" in German).

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Czech
French
German
Italian
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish
Ukrainian
Added in Ranger Update

Separate volume controls

Since at least 2020-01-17, the game's user interface has separate volume controls under Options -> Audio.

Different volume configurations
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open user.cfg
  3. Find the following variables:
    • s_dialogs_volume
    • s_effects_volume
    • s_master_volume
    • s_music_volume
  4. Change the values to your liking
  5. Save file and exit.

VR support

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Metro: Exodus - 3D-VisionReadyFix - Losti - V1.50.
vorpX
G3D, Z3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues unresolved

Cannot switch to DX11 in the Microsoft Store version

Even though the graphics settings has an option for it, DX11 is only available by launching the game in Safe Mode, it cannot be changed in the config file or in-game.[3]

No windowed or exclusive fullscreen mode possible in the Microsoft Store version

Due to the nature of UWP applications, the game runs only in borderless fullscreen windowed, cannot be changed by editing the config file[4]

Issues fixed

Extreme FPS drops

Disable graphical settings
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open user.cfg.
  3. Set r_ssaa_auto and r_enum_ssaa value to 0.
  4. (optional) Set r_foliage_shadows and r_foliage_hemi_ao value to 0.

Stuttering

Disable Nvidia HairWorks[citation needed]
Download and install Rivatuner, and add MetroExodus.exe and limit Framerate to 60FPS[citation needed]
Run the game as administrator[citation needed]
Disable in-game Vsync and enable Vsync through the control panel[citation needed]

Washed out colors

Set gamma manually[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open user.cfg
  3. Set r_gamma to 1.5.
  4. Save file and exit.
Use Nvidia Freestyle[citation needed]
  1. Turn on overlay in GeForce Experience.
  2. Open it in-game (Alt + F3 by default) and add filter "Contrast / Brightness"
  3. Set Contrast to 15% (you can keep the rest or set to default values)
Can be adjusted and toggled in-game
Only for Nvidia users

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11, 12 Also supports DirectX Ray tracing (DXR)
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

No middleware information; you can edit this page to add it.

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 SP1, 8, 8.1, 10 (1809)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-4440
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 670
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
AMD Radeon HD 7870
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Windows 10 is required for raytracing capabilities.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/412020/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (412020) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Metro Exodus at Twitter: "Your physical copy of Metro Exodus will now ship with an Epic key… " - last accessed on 2019-01-30
    "Your physical copy of Metro Exodus will now ship with an Epic key"
  2. https://www.reddit.com/r/metro_exodus/comments/c0zb4d/my_crappy_guide_for_transferring_nonwindowsstore/
  3. Metro Exodus Windows Store version is a joke - last accessed on 2019-06-10
  4. Verified by User:Anthraksi on 2019-06-12
    No option in-game, tried by editing the config, but nothing happened.