"Because retailers forced us," basically.
By Tim Colwill on May 13, 2013 at 10:32 am
The news that Metro: Last Light would feature an ultra-hard Ranger Mode but only in the Limited Edition was met with anger and disbelief by many potential buyers. Now, months later, Koch Media have explained why they segregated this content off.
“Game makers and publishers now live in a world where offering game content as a pre-order exclusive is a requirement by retail,” said Huw Beynon, global brand manager at Koch Media. “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.”
“We rejected requests to make story content or additional missions exclusive. We also rejected requests to make this a timed exclusive.”
Beynon also revealed that Ranger Mode will be available on launch as DLC for USD $5 (Australian pricing not confirmed, probably more) which is “the lowest first parties would permit us to charge for content of this nature”.
Don’t buy Metro: Last Light on Steam for $70 — buy a Steam key from Green Man Gaming instead for $37.50 with the code GMG25-5GT67-87HJ9 (and get Ranger Mode as well). If you insist on buying a boxed copy, Ranger Mode is only available at EB Games.
Source: PC Gamer