Metro Exodus

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Metro Exodus
Metro Exodus cover
4A Games
Deep Silver
4A Engine
Release dates
Windows February 15, 2019
macOS (OS X) April 14, 2021[1]
Linux April 14, 2021[1]
Metacritic 82
OpenCritic 83
Monetization DLC
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Shooter, Survival horror
Vehicles Automobile
Art styles Realistic
Themes Post-apocalyptic, Eastern Europe
Series Metro
Metro Exodus on HowLongToBeat
Metro Exodus on IGDB
Metro Exodus guide on StrategyWiki
Metro Exodus on MobyGames
Metro Exodus on Wikipedia
Metro 2033 2010
Metro: Last Light 2013
Metro 2033 Redux 2014
Metro: Last Light Redux 2014
Metro Exodus 2019
Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition 2021

Metro Exodus is a singleplayer first-person shooter and survival horror game in the Metro series.

Key points

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

General information

PC changelog
Official support page
Official Discord server for game series Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Launcher
Only available in certain territories.
Some stores or copies might inaccurately list Steam as the platform.[2]
macOS (OS X)
Epic Games Store
Epic Games Launcher
Gold Edition also available.
macOS (OS X)
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Gold Edition also available.
macOS (OS X)
Gold Edition and Franchise Bundle Edition also available.
Green Man Gaming
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Gold Edition also available.
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
Requires online activation
CD key
Option of EGS or Steam key. Gold Edition also available.
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macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Gold Edition also available.
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Gold Edition also available.
macOS (OS X)
Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM was removed on May 27, 2020.[3]

Version differences[edit]

Metro Exodus Gold Edition (Digital)[edit]

Includes the base game and the two DLCs The Two Colonels and Sam's Story.

Metro Exodus Aurora Limited Edition (Retail)[edit]

Includes the base game inside a steelbook case, the Expansion Pass, a physical and digital artbook and the digital soundtrack.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Expansion Pass Includes The Two Colonels and Sam's Story.
macOS (OS X)
The Two Colonels
macOS (OS X)
Sam's Story
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

The game allows to skip intro video by pressing E. To always skip them, follow these instructions.
Instructions (Epic Games Store)[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Delete or rename credits.webm.
  3. Create a blank file named credits.webm.
Instructions (Steam)[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Delete or rename credits.webm and legal.webm.

Enable manual saving in Ranger mode[edit]

In Ranger mode the game only saves at certain checkpoints or after sleeping (note the save icon in the bottom right corner).
  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


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[edit]

Game settings
Game settings

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

{{Game data|

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\metro exodus\[Note 1] <path-to-game>\ Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\DeepSilver.ProjectWindfall_hmv7qcest37me\SystemAppData\wgs\<user-id>\ macOS (OS X) Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/metro_3/

Settings are stored in user.cfg. There is another configuration file, profile.cfg, which tracks collectibles (diaries and postcards).
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\metro exodus\ <path-to-game>\saved_games\
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\DeepSilver.ProjectWindfall_hmv7qcest37me\SystemAppData\wgs\*\*\[4]
macOS (OS X) $HOME/Library/Application Support/MetroExodus/*/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/metro_3/
In the Microsoft Store path, the first * is a cryptic number representing the game data folder, and the second * is a cryptic number representing the save folder.
On macOS, * is a cryptic number representing the save folder.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]


Video settings 1
Video settings 1
Video settings 2
Video settings 2

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Depending on the version, issues can include the HUD not being centered [5] and unreadable objectives on the map.[6]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Default is 60° vertical. See Field of view (FOV).
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
x4, x16
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TAA is enabled by default. Disabling TAA will break the game. SSAA x0.4-4.0 controlled with "Shading Rate" option.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
None, Half, Full.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate cap.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Ray tracing
Ray traced global illumination, ambient occlusion and emissive lighting.[7]

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

This game uses vertical FOV. See FOV Calculator for help.
Change field of view[8]
  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).


Unfinished player model may be revealed, and damage overlay doesn't scale properly.


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[edit]

Disable motion blur[9]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open user.cfg
  3. Change r_blur_level and r_game_mblur_scale to 0


The in-game option only sets it to its lowest setting.


In-game Keyboard settings
In-game Keyboard settings
In-game mouse settings
In-game mouse settings
Controller settings
Controller settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
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 support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Can switch between customized layout or two different presets. Additional options to change shoulder buttons to triggers and 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
Tied to the light meter in-game, getting dimmer when the player is hidden in the shadows.
Connection modes V1, Wired
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Auto detected once a button is pressed. Changes button prompts automatically.
Haptic feedback
Strength can be adjusted or turned off.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Some actions do not work simultaneously, like moving with the keyboard and aiming with the controller.

Mouse acceleration[edit]

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[edit]

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.


Sound settings
Sound settings
Accessibility settings
Accessibility settings
Screenshot showing dialogue and hearing impaired subtitles in medium font size and with background enabled.
Screenshot showing dialogue and hearing impaired subtitles in medium font size and with background enabled.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Dialog, music. See Separate volume controls for control over "Effects" volume.
Surround sound
Also supports Dolby Atmos.[Note 2]
Additional options for speaker names, font size and background. Audio and UI language can be set separately.
Closed captions
Describes enemy behavior along with their location and distance. Environmental effects (e.g. storms, radiation) are not highlighted.
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation by AR Team, download.
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese
Added in Ranger Update

Separate volume controls[edit]

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[edit]

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

Issues unresolved[edit]

Cannot switch to DX11 in the Microsoft Store version[edit]

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.[10]

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

Due to the nature of UWP applications, the game runs only in borderless fullscreen windowed, cannot be changed by editing the config file[11]

Crash on startup[edit]

Nvidia users need to disable Nvidia Geforce Experience in-game overlay. Verified in February 2020 for the Steam version.

Issues fixed[edit]

Caspian Sea Lighthouse Crash[edit]

Exiting the tunnel leading to the top of the lighthouse occasionally results in freezing.
Disable Ray Tracing, DLSS, HairWorks, Advanced PhysX, and Tesselation[12]

Sporadic Crashes in DX12 Mode[edit]

Using DX12 Mode may result in random crashes and long hangs (15+ seconds)
Disable Nvidia Ansel[13]
  1. Open Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Select the profile for Metro Exodus.
  3. Scroll down to the Other section and configure Enable Ansel to 0x00000000 ANSEL_ENABLE_OFF.
    1. Setting may instead appear under Other section as NVIDIA Predefined Ansel Usage; set to 0x00000000 ANSEL_ALLOW_DISALLOWED.
  4. Select Apply Changes
Only for Nvidia users
Fix can be tested in the Aurora. Shoveling Coal repeatedly is known to trigger this crash. If you can shovel 10+ times in a row, the issue is likely resolved.

Extreme FPS drops[edit]

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


The game will reset some of the above options unless user.cfg is set to read-only.


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]

(might work only if the game is installed inside program files directory structure)

Disable in-game Vsync and enable Vsync through the control panel[citation needed]

Washed out colors[edit]

Removing the white/grey filter added by the devs[citation needed]
  1. Use -deependark command line argument
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.
Only works in DX11
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

Missing weapons in New Game+ with "My weapons" modification[edit]

Disable Steam Cloud and start a new game[citation needed]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11, 12 Also supports DirectX Ray tracing (DXR)
Linux only. Supports Vulkan Ray Tracing.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
In Debian the library "libibus-1.0-5" is needed for the game to be able to start.


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 SP1, 8 (9200), 8.1 (9600), 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-4440
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 59 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 670
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
AMD Radeon HD 7870
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Windows 10 (Build 1809) or newer and DirectX 12 is required for raytracing capabilities.
macOS (OS X)
Minimum[14] Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.15
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i7-7820
System memory (RAM) 16 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon Pro 560
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Minimum[14] Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 20
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-4440
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 670
AMD Radeon R9 380
4 GB of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 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).


  1. 1.0 1.1 Metro - The Metro Exodus PC Enhanced Edition Announced - last accessed on 2021-02-16
  2. 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"
  3. METRO EXODUS HOT FIX - 27 MAY 2020 - last accessed on May 27, 2020
    "Hotfix notes are as follows: Removed Denuvo from Steam, Epic, Xbox PC Gamepass versions."
  5. Widescreen Gaming Forum - View topic - Metro Exodus 21:9 Fix/Solution? - last accessed on 2021-05-22
  6. 5760x1080p in-game screenshot - last accessed on 2021-05-22
  7. Eurogamer - Metro Exodus DLC takes its ray tracing to the next level - last accessed on 2021-01-06
  8. - FOV FIX BOIS - : metro - last accessed on 2020-07-09
  9. Verified by User:Waschbär on 2020-07-09
  10. Metro Exodus Windows Store version is a joke - last accessed on 2019-06-10
  11. Verified by User:Anthraksi on 2019-06-12
    No option in-game, tried by editing the config, but nothing happened.
  12. Reddit /r/metro_exodus :: Caspian Sea Lighthouse Crashing
  13. Steam Community - Metro Exodus: Fix for Fatal Crash
  14. 14.0 14.1 Metro Exodus PC Specs - last accessed on 2021-04-13