Metro: Last Light’s Ranger Mode Becomes Preorder Bonus

Metro: Last Light‘s hardcore Ranger Mode is to be included in a Limited Edition available as a preorder – or as Day 1 DLC for £3.99.

Metro Last Light - Ranger Mode

Metro 2033’s Ranger Mode was a free download on Steam, with a nominal 240 MS Points on the Xbox.

PC Gamer asked Koch why Ranger Mode, advertised on the official site as “the way it was meant to be played”, is not to be made available to everyone who purchases the game.. and got an interview with global brand manager Huw Beynon:

“Game makers and publishers now live in a world where offering game content as a pre-order exclusive is a requirement by retail, and Ranger Mode seemed like the best choice since it was a mode for hardcore fans who would most likely pre-order the game, or purchase it at launch in any case,” he says.  “We rejected requests to make story content or additional missions exclusive.  We also rejected requests to make this a timed exclusive.”

He also claims that Ranger Mode is not quite as essential as the marketing on the official site says.. make of that what you will.

However, it is clear that the retailers are now demanding more exclusive content, including story content and additional missions which most fans would probably agree belong in the game regardless of where and when you purchase the game.  This may just be the start of a slippery slope.

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