animago AWARD 2019 Best Game Cinematic

“Artyom’s Nightmare”, trailer for 4A Games’ and Deep Silver’s “Metro Exodus” has won one of the most important awards for game cinematics – animago AWARD.

The jury of this prestigious contest appreciated the trailer and rewarded it with the title of Best Game Cinematic of 2019. Short, 4-minute film was created by impressive number of 100+ artists working on the project for almost 6 months creating the breathtaking journey, full of twists and mysteries. From the claustrophobic tunnels of the Moscow underground, through a frozen city, to a radioactive desert – Platige Image’s trailer for the video game ”Metro Exodus” takes viewers on a wondrous trip through post-nuclear Russia. Aiming to be more than an overview of the upcoming attractions, the short film functions as a self-contained story that introduces the viewers to a rich science fantasy universe.

The trailer stands out due to its unique storyline, which allowed our artists to showcase various locations while maintaining continuity of action. The protagonist meets a child with psychic powers who shows him a vision of things to come – resulting in a series of smooth shifts in time and place.

For our team, the challenge was to design a variety of unique locations. They created decrepit subway tunnels, a misty swamp, a city in the middle of a nuclear winter, a colourful taiga and even a desert. The environment retains the highest level of realism, but every location is also mysterious and seems almost magical. This effect was achieved with the use of subtle details, such as lighting or tension-building framing.

Watch “Artyom’s Nightmare” making-of!