Dystopian worlds where hope is slim and the chances of survival are slimmer can be considered among the best settings for survival video games in general, and that is where the Metro series shines. It was created after taking inspiration from Dmitry Glukhovsky’s Metro novel series, and it follows the theme of the novels to a T, which is why the series has been incredibly successful ever since the first game was released in 2010, and even today when the competitive nature of the gaming industry is at its highest. Perspective is everything, so we’re going to display some Metro statistics and facts to see how the series started out, and how it broke from its humble beginnings to establish itself as one of the best dystopian survival series around. Also, if you want to learn more about how much the video game industry is worth, we’ve got you covered!
Metro key stats
This section is going to contain all of the information about the Metro series that we manage to find. From news postings about future games and updates to old ones to sales and revenue statistics throughout the series. Of course, since Metro is singleplayer-only, you shouldn’t expect any esports statistics in the mix or anything similar, just some good ol’ fashioned monster slaying and vodka drinking.
The Metro series has sold 14.7 million units.
(Source: VG Chartz)
Metro 2033 sold 1.5 million units.
Metro: Last Light sold 1.5 million units on PC.
Metro Redux sold 1.5 million units.
Metro Exodus sold 8.5 million units.
One of these things is not like the other, right? Right. Metro Exodus was the newest addition to the series and came out in 2019, but was also the most well-developed Metro game to come out. Next-gen graphics, a fantastic story, and just an excellent experience all around. Naturally, the digital gaming market leaves a lot of room for newer games to reach the hands of more gamers, but that does not mean that the earlier Metro games have performed poorly in the slightest.
The Metro series has grossed over $166.7 million on Steam.
(Source: VG Insights)
Metro Exodus has grossed $57.3 million.
Metro 2033 Redux has grossed $57.7 million.
Metro: Last Light Redux has grossed $46.2 million.
Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition has grossed $5.3 million.
Metro Exodus and Metro Last Light are definitely the most popular games in the series, and that is simply because they blend together the classic and the modern. Exodus is the newest game in the series while 2033 Redux has the best storytelling in the series in general. The other games are not far behind, with Last Light Redux reaching nearly $50 million in revenue on its own.
Metro: Last Light sold more copies in one week than 2033 sold in three months.
The game topped the UK charts but still performed worse than Metro 2033.
However, the matter changes when looking at the US charts, where Last Light performed very well.
Within the United States, Metro: Last Light sold more copies in a week than Metro 2033 sold in three years.
For this line of stats, we can see a large difference between Metro 2033 and its successor — Metro: Last Light. While you might first assume that one is definitely better than the other, it isn’t really the most accurate viewpoint. Both of the games are excellent, with Metro 2033 placing more focus on stealth, and Last Light focusing more on action. Nevertheless, the numbers are there and Last Light takes the prize.
Metro Exodus recouped all costs for THQ and boosted their profits significantly,
THQ raked in $163 million in revenue in the first quarter of 2019.
That is a 158% increase in profit compared to the previous year.
The Operational Costs sector noted $40 million in profit, which is a 217% increase, year-on-year.
Metro Exodus sold 2.5 times more copies than Last Light during its launch window.
Oooh, some financials! We haven’t had those in a while now. What these numbers mean, essentially, is that Metro Exodus was a major success. The game recouped all of its marketing and development costs within a few months, and increased THQ’s profits substantially along with Satisfactory.
The Metro games had 10.7 million hours watched on Twitch, combined, in their best years.
Metro 2033 had 794,018 hours watched in 2019.
Metro 2033 Redux had 315,514 hours watched in 2022.
Metro: Last Light had 949,578 hours watched in 2019.
Metro: Last Light Redux had 302,777 hours watched in 2022.
Metro Exodus had 8.4 million hours watched in 2019.
Metro Exodus: Enhanced Edition had 347,625 hours watched in 2022.
Looking at these numbers, we can see that the Metro series has always been decently popular between 2019 and 2022, as that is when their popularity peaked and then slowly started falling off because they are single-player games and have little rewatch value. Despite this, it is nice to see the series prosper even today.
To sum up
Alright! That’s all of the information we managed to scrounge up from the deep, dark caverns of the Metro! As you can see, the games have always been smash hits whenever they were released and they continued to stay relevant, even in the growing competitive atmosphere of the gaming industry today. Metro Exodus is away and afar the most popular of the series, and it has really represented the idea of the Metro brilliantly, deserving of the top spot. We sincerely hope that you have enjoyed this and that all of your questions have been answered!
“Metro: Last Light sold more units in one week worldwide than its predecessor did in three months”. Eurogamer, 2013, https://www.eurogamer.net/metro-last-light-sold-more-units-in-one-week-than-its-predecessor-did-in-three-months