Metro: Last Light’s publishers explain why Ranger Mode is a pre-order exclusive

Metro: Last Light Ranger Mode

By 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

22 comments (Leave your own)

I got a key from GMG for $40 using a 20% coupon, got my key on friday or saturday and have preloaded the game, just waiting for release now.


Wonder what prompted the RPK preorder bonus from JB Hi-Fi then?


they should’ve done the reverse, charge extra to make the game easier that way you’d get a whole bunch of whiny carebare casuals paying instead.

I don’t see why hardcores should have to pay extra if they didn’t pre-order.


So essentially to a certain extent retailers can dictate the contents in a game? The f*ck?


Nice deal in the Hookups steam community group to get this at $25, it’s $32.99 at Ozgameshop’s Digital code store too(Looks like they ran out of stock due to popularity), finally if you *must* advertise GmG than why not include the 25% off code with it and it’s proper reduced price?
GMG25-5GT67-87HJ9 = $37.50

I don’t buy the whole “retail are forcing us to make pre-order incentives’ malarky. Even if true couldn’t they offer the ‘incentive’ as something much more trivial that no-one would actually care about like golden weapon skins, or a handful of starter clean ammo/currency?

I’ll still wait for this one to be $10< in the future. First game was only about 4-5 hrs long and from a handful of screenies of the options menu I've seen it looks like they still don't give a damn about doing a proper pc version with an absent FOV slider *once again*.


“Don’t buy Metro: Last Light on Steam for $70″

So glad this line was included


On the upside it’s one less game to buy. I’m getting fed up of these “preorder incentive” deals.


stoibs: finally if you *must* advertise GmG than why not include the 25% off code with it and it’s proper reduced price?
GMG25-5GT67-87HJ9 = $37.50

I had forgotten about this, thanks! I’ll add it in.


The thing that pisses me off about this is that they DID include other pre order bonuses, they included a weapon and 100 military grade bullets. To be completely honest so many people would forgive them if they had made it a timed exclusive but for some reason they REFUSED to do that. that seems like the stupidest thing you could say if you trying to get people to buy into this bullcrap.


If recent releases haven’t made it obvious to you already then you should pull your head out of your impatient arse and not buy into the ‘pre-order exclusive’ bullshit. Be patient, wait for release, buy as ‘full’ a product as you can without stupid incentives. READ REVIEWS FIRST!

If its a game you have full intentions of buying even if its touted as ‘the worst game ever’ then pre-order. Otherwise, for the love of god, just be patient and wait. No gimmicky gun/skin/credits can possibly be worth the kind of damage this business practice is doing to the industry. And if developers push harder and chop actual ‘content’ (story/gameplay) for the purpose of pre-order exclusivity, PUSH BACK! DONT BUY THEIR PRODUCT!


I got a key from GMG for $40 using a 20% coupon, got my key on friday or saturday and have preloaded the game, just waiting for release now.

In the same boat as you. Can’t wait, however I have to. :(

Steam is saying “This game will unlock in approximately 23 hours”.



The military grade bullets are only available for the ranger mode…


So essentially to a certain extent retailers can dictate the contents in a game? The f*ck?

This. Makes no fucking sense, someone who CREATES the game should fucking well DICTATE how it’s being sold. It’s their fucking game!


But do we actually know who’s suggestion it was to make the difficulty level DLC? It doesn’t say specifically that the retailers demanded it, but they just wanted some form of exclusive DLC? It was stated that exclusive missions was rejected (rightly so). Developers should’ve just given out some crappy weapons or skins to appease the retailers.



The issue isn’t with what they’re getting it’s the fact that they apparently have the power to force the developer to get them something in the first place. They have no damn right to demand anything as far as i’m concerned.


Is this some sort of publicity stunt? They have started taking game modes out of games and making it a preorder bonus or paid DLC, sigh…



It’s not a one way street you know. Developers rely on the retailers in order to distribute their products as much as the retailers rely on the developers to supply the product. If developers bypass the retailers, stick to digital download from their own website and avoid this whole preorder exclusive BS then good for them.

I’d imagine there’d be less controversy if it something other than a difficulty level being offerred.


Angry Joe FTW!!

Yep. I started reading this article and thought “Hang on a sec… I watched Angry Joe go on about this a few days ago..”


Angry Joe FTW!!

lol god love him. I don’t blame the developers, thats just how fucked it is these days. its a joke :(

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