Metro Exodus Ranger update patch notes add New Game+ & more

The Ranger update is the first big addition to Metro Exodus, bringing in New Game+. developer commentary, and performance enhancements.


4A Games releases the latest entry in the Metro series during February and it has done well for the developers thus far. Though it is a single-player experience, the developers are continuing to support with updates and the team has revealed the details on the biggest one yet. Called the Ranger update, the new patch for Metro Exodus introduces New Game+ and some developer commentary on the game world.

The Ranger update for Metro Exodus is available for download on all platforms right now and, beyond the highlights below, 4A Games has broken down the specific patch notes for PC and console release. If you've not yet made the leap, check out our full Metro Exodus review and dig into the patch notes to see what's coming next.

Metro Exodus Ranger update patch notes

Ranger update overview

  • New Game +
    • On completion of the campaign, you can now re-play in New Game+ mode, granting access to all weapons and attachments unlocked through prior play-throughs. New Game + also allows to you to adjust a range of variables to create your own personal and uniquely challenging experience, and comes with new Achievements / Trophies. More details below…
  • Developer Commentary
    • Available through New Game +, enabling Developer Commentary allows you to find special tape players on which members of the 4A Games team discuss some of the design choices that went into making Metro Exodus in that area.
  • Improved Controller Responsiveness
    • While the Hotfix changes were already well received, we’ve added a 4th Controller Sensitivity Preset with more tweaks to sensitivity, improved aim assist, and better ‘dead zone’ per platform.
  • Platform Specific Improvements and New Features
    • We’ve added Mouse and Keyboard support for Xbox One, further improved RTX and DLSS support on PC, Dual Shock Controller Light support for PS4 and many more.
  • General Performance, Balance and Gameplay optimizations
    • A raft of improvements across the board that improve the overall gameplay experience based on bugs reported, desired polish, and direct feedback/feature requests from the community, including things like a Volume Slider specifically for VO, and more.
  • Crash / Bug fixes and improvements
    • We’ve fixed numerous crashes - some from your descriptions, and some from the crash dumps you have submitted to us.  We’ve only listed a few below, but you should expect a big improvement to stability in this update. Thank you for continuing to help us out!
  • Full Ukrainian localization added
    • We’re proud to offer Metro Exodus fully localized for Ukraine, the country where 4A Games was born.
  •  Read on for more information on each topic, and please note:
  • Level specific content fixes or changes can only be fully applied to a level when it is started from the beginning either through natural progression, or the chapters menu.  If you try to load an existing save within a level, the updates for that level will not be applied to that existing save.  Updates will apply to all subsequent levels progressed to with that save.

New Game + and Developer Commentary

New Game + adds a whole new dimension to repeat play-throughs of the campaign. Modify the following suite of modes and settings to craft your own personalized gameplay experience:

  • Inventory Modes
    • My Weapons
      • Allows you to start with all weapons and attachments found in the last playthrough
      • Weapons are granted after freeing Anna in Moscow
      • Starting weapons will be the last loadout that was set in the previous end game save
      • All other weapons and attachments previously unlocked will be available in the Aurora Workbench Armory, first encountered in Volga
      • Player Armor/Wrist upgrades do not carry over
    • One Weapon
      • Reduces weapon slots to one.  Any weapon can be used in this slot, but you can only take one with you.  Manage this by swapping Weapons in the field, or by using the Aurora Workbench Armory
    • Crossbow
      • Provides Player with the Crossbow at the beginning of the game in addition to normal Weapon Progression. Yermak gives the Player the Crossbow after Jammer scene in Moscow.
    • Backpack limitations
      • Crafting in the Backpack is disabled, you may only use a Workbench
      • Only Weapon modifications allowed in Backpack
  • AI Modes
    • Armored Enemies
      • Human NPC’s are upgraded by one level of Armor across the game if applicable
    • Tougher Creatures
      • Creatures have thicker hide across the game
    • Grenadiers
      • Human NPC’s use explosives more often
  • Environment Modes
    • Real-Time Weather
      • Change the game’s natural day/night cycle from 2 to 24 real hours for complete immersion
    • Bad Weather
      • Fog, Rain, Snow, and Sand storm conditions occur more frequently where applicable
    • Radiation is Forever
      • Additional radiation zones will appear across some levels, making the Gas Mask more important
  • Game Modes
    • Iron Mode
      • Fully disables the Save System, progress is only saved between levels
    • Developer Commentary
      • Green Tape Players throughout the game will be available to play Developer Commentary about the area in which it is found
  • Additional New Game + Content
    • Achievements / Trophies
    • Unique collectibles
      • Additional set of hidden objects in the world, only available in New Game +

New Game + becomes available from the New Game menu after completing the game once.

Please Note: Starting a new game in Regular Mode or in New Game + will clear your Quick/Auto/Chapter Select saves. You will need to progress again to access later levels.

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Those that enjoyed Metro Exodus has charged through to the end will get a kick out of these new additions and carve out a new challenge for themselves with New Game+. Metro Exodus is available now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The Ranger update is available on all platforms now as well. Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional gaming and tech updates.

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