Universe of Metro 2033 (series)

Promotion of Metro 2033 at IgroMir 2009, Moscow

The Universe of Metro 2033 series (Russian: Вселенная Метро 2033) is a series of short stories, novellas, and novels, spanning a variety of genres ranging from post-apocalyptic action to romance, written by several different authors. Despite being written by various authors, the stories of the extended Metro series are all supported by Dmitry Glukhovsky and advertised on the official Metro website.[1] Although it began in Russia, the project enjoys plenty of popularity in Poland, Hungary, and Germany as well.

All of these stories share the same setting – the fictional world in Glukhovsky's original novel, Metro 2033. Although Metro 2033 described only Glukhovsky's vision of a post-apocalyptic Moscow, the books of the extended universe take place in a wide variety of different areas. Among these are: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Leningrad Region, Tver Region, Moscow Region, Kola Peninsula, Kiev, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, and the Kaliningrad region. Some of the books in the series are set in other locations outside of Russia, such as: Belarus, Britain, Italy, Poland, and Antarctica.


Most of the written works of the series were originally released in Russia. Some books from the Universe of Metro 2033, like Piter, Towards the Light and Into the Darkness, have been translated to a number of European languages, such as German, Polish and Swedish.[2] Prior to 2014 and the video games Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light, no books in the series were released in a country where English is the prominent language.[3]


Author Title Locations Date of publication
1 Vladimir Berezin Road Signs Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Leningrad region, Tver Oblast, Moscow region 2009 December
2 Sergey Antonov Dark Tunnels Moscow 2010 January
3 Shimun Vrochek Piter Saint Petersburg, Leningrad region 2010 February
4 Andrey Dyakov Towards the Light Saint Petersburg, Leningrad region 2010 June
5 Andrey Erpylev The Yield by Force Moscow 2010 July
6 Sergey Kuznetsov The Marble Paradise Moscow region, Moscow 2010 August
7 Suren Tsormudian The Wanderer Moscow 2010 September
8 Andrey Butorin The North Kola Peninsula, Murmansk 2010 October
9 Sergey Antonov In the Interests of the Revolution Moscow 2010 November
10 Alexandr Shakilov The War of Moles Kiev 2010 December
11 Ruslan Melnikov Murancha Rostov on Don 2011 January
12 Sergey Paliy The Nameless Samara 2011 February
13 Sergey Moskvin To See the Sun Novosibirsk 2011 March
14 Andrey Grebenschikov Beneath the Hell Yekaterinburg 2011 April
15 Anna Kalinkina Ghost Station Moscow 2011 June
16 Andrey Dyakov Into the Darkness Leningrad region, Saint Petersburg 2011 June
17 Sergey Zaytsev Corpsmen Moscow 2011 August
18 Grant McMaster Britannia Glasgow, Scotland, England, Carlisle, York, Conisbrough, Doncaster, Sheffield, Chesterfield, Lester, London 2011 September
19 Igor Vardunas Ice Prison Baltic Sea, La Manche, Atlantic ocean, Africa, Antarctica 2011 October
20 Andrey Butorin The Siege of the Paradise Kola Peninsula, Polyarnye Zori 2011 November
21 Residents of Metro 2033 website The Last Refuge Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Moscow region, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Krasnodar, Biisk, Sochi 2011 December
22 Tullio Avoledo Le radici del cielo ("Roots of Heaven") Rome, Lazio, Torrita Tiberina, Umbria, Marche, Urbino, Emilia Romagna, Rimini, Santarcangelo di Romagna, Ravenna, Veneto, Venezia 2012 March
23 Sergey Antonov Unburied Moscow 2012 January
24 Andrey Chernetsov, Valentin Lezhenda Blinding Emptiness Moscow, Kharkov 2012 January
25 Anna Kalinkina The Kingdom of Rats Moscow 2012 March
26 Zahar Petrov MRLs Minsk 2012 May
27 Suren Tsormudyan Ancestral Heritage Kaliningrad 2012 July
28 Denis Shabalov The Right to Force Serdobsk 2012 August
29 Timothy Kalashnikov Wrong Side of the World Moscow 2012 September
30 Sergey Moskvin Hunger Novaya Zemlya 2012 October
31 Irina Baranova, Constantine Benev Witness Saint Petersburg 2012 November
32 Andrey Butorin The Daughter of the Heavenly Spirit Kola Peninsula, Murmansk 2012 December
33 Andrey Dyakov Over the Horizon Saint-Petersburg, Leningrad, Vologda, Cherepovets, Yaroslavl Oblast, Rybinsk, Yaroslavl, Ivanovo Oblast, Tatarstan, Kazan, Bashkortostan, Beloretsk, Yamantau, Orenburg Oblast, Dagestan, Kaspiysk, Primorsky Krai, Vladivostok 2013 January
34 Denis Shabolov Right to Life Serdobsk, Penza Oblast, Mordovia, Tatarstan, Mari El, Komi Republic, Kirov oblast 2013 March
35 Tullio Avoledo La crociata dei bambini ("The Children's Crusade") Milan 2014 March
36 Paweł Majka Dzielnica obiecana ("The Promised District") Nowa Huta, Kraków, Poland 2014 August
37 Robert J. Szmidt Otchłań (Abyss) Wrocław 2015 August
38 Robert J. Szmidt Wieża (Tower) Wrocław 2016 May

Other media

The boardgame "Metro 2033" [4]

A graphic novel titled Metro 2033: Britannia Comic Prologue inspired by the prologue of the Metro 2033 novel Britannia was published in 2012. The story was written by Grant McMaster, the author of the novel and is illustrated by Benedict Hollis. It is available as a free download and unlike the novels it is in English rather than Russian.[5]

A Metro 2033 board game based on the original novel was released in 2011. It was designed by Sergei Golubkin and was published by Hobby World.[4]

A first-person shooter video game titled Metro 2033 was created for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 gaming platforms. It was developed by 4A Games in Ukraine and published in March 2010 by THQ. A sequel, Metro: Last Light, was released in May 2013 on Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Redux versions of the games were released in 2014, featuring updated graphics and gameplay with all previously released downloadable content bundled. The Metro Redux bundle was released for the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.[6] 4A Games is currently rumored to be working on a third installment in the Metro video game series, having moved to Malta because of the unrest in Ukraine.[7] The game is set to be less linear, with open world features.[8]

The Metro series is also being put into the movies by Michael De Luca and Solipsist Films.[9]

Promotional stand at Pyrkon 2015, Poznań in Poland


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