Metro: Last Light – Ranger Mode DLC to Cost $5 for Non-pre-orders

All regular purchases of Metro: Last Light will incur a $5 charge for the Ranger Mode DLC, whereas those who pre-order the game will get it for free.

Koch Media’s Global Brand Manager, Huw Beynon, said ““Game makers and publishers now live in a world where offering game content as a pre-order exclusive is a requirement by retail, and 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 added, “We do not recommend Ranger Mode for a first playthrough, and this is made very clear both in-game. We expect Metro fans will want to try Ranger Mode for a subsequent playthrough, and we think that for this hardcore player, Ranger Mode offers a richer experience – but only once you’ve clocked the game at least once. We took all the steps we could to ensure that, while still offering retailers a pre-order incentive that met their needs, we did not force players to pre-order, or make them wait to get this content.”

Metro: Last Light releases next week in North America on May 14 and across Europe on May 17 for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

What are your thoughts about the $5 DLC charge for non-pre-orders?