While speaking to EGM’s Ray Carsillo during PAX East this weekend, Metro 2033 author Dmitry Glukhovsky revealed that PC copies of Metro: Last Light will contain a PDF of his novel.
“The thing with the print book is that I never could find an American publisher for it,” Glukhovsky told us. “And even after the book became a bestseller in Europe, American publishers still didn’t want it, saying ‘It’s too exotic, it’s too weird. The translation is clunky.’ I ended up doing the same thing as I did ten years ago in Russia, and that would be go self-publishing.”
Glukhovsky went on to talk about how he decided to self-publish Metro 2033 through Amazon’s print-on-demand service and as an e-book. But he also decided to include Metro 2033 as a bonus for buying Metro: Last Light.
“I decided, as I’m not a greedy guy, what I’m going to do is put a free PDF on every PC disc sold of the game,” Glukhovsky said. “So everyone who’s buying Metro: Last Light is going to get a free PDF with a full text of the novel, Metro 2033.”
The author also mentioned that the PDF copies would DRM-free, so players would be able to share the novel with friends. Glukhovsky did not mention whether the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Last Light would contain vouchers to redeem digital copies of the novel.
Glukhovsky’s novel, Metro 2033, served as the basis for the 2010 videogame adaptation. The author is working with developer 4A Games on Last Light, which launches on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 May 14 in North America, May 17 in Europe.