4A Games has announced that Metro Exodus PC Enhanced Edition will be available as a free update to all owners of the original release on Steam, the Epic Games Store, Good Old Games, and the Microsoft Store beginning on May 6, 2021. Described as a “radical” update of the original 2019 survival horror FPS hit, Metro Exodus PC Enhanced Edition is unique in that it’s the first triple-A game to require a graphics card capable of ray tracing to run. Digital Foundry has shared a video demonstrating how great the new effects (e.g., ray-traced emissive lights and unlimited light bounces) look.
It offers additional Ray Tracing features including Advanced Ray Traced Reflections and support for the much requested DLSS 2.0 on NVIDIA hardware, which offers sharper image details and increased framerates and display resolutions. Further collaborating with NVIDIA, this update improves our existing Ray Traced Global Illumination tech innovated with the original release of Metro Exodus to make every light source fully Ray Traced, and implements our Ray Traced Emissive Lighting tech from The Two Colonels throughout the game.
Sources: 4A Games, Digital Foundry, Eurogamer, Steam