News that Metro 2033 was getting a sequel called “Metro 2034” broke in mid-2010, so it isn’t much of a surprise to see that publisher THQ is moving to secure domain names. What is surprising is these domain names are suggesting the first follow-up might not be Metro 2034.
THQ has registered, according to consistent Internet super sleuth @supererogatory, lastlightgame.com, the particularly descriptive metro2033lastlightgame and last, but not least, metrolastlight.com. If you throw all these domain names together into a game name that makes sense you get Metro 2033: Last Light.
THQ core games VP Danny Bilson spilled the beans on Metro 2034 (or whatever it's eventually called) as far back as last E3, while discussing Metro 2033 with CVG. "We're going to be doing a 3D version of that on Metro 2034, the sequel," said Bilson.
While Metro 2033 was certainly good enough to warrant a sequel, it did have its share of issues--a point THQ is taking to heart for the next game. "The new one doesn't have any of those issues," Bilson told Joystiq in an interview earlier this year. "I green-lit the sequel before [Metro 2033] shipped, because I know what [developer 4A Games is] capable of--I knew how cool it was."
Do these domains refer to Metro 2034, Metro 2033: Last Light or something else entirely? They could even be teasing a Metro 2033 follow-up expansion pack or a tie-in downloadable game similar to Dead Rising 2: Case Zero. Given that THQ has already announced they've green-lit the sequel, however, we know THQ is invested in the Metro brand.