They made a ton of poor game design choices with Exodus, but to be fair it was their first stab at taking the series open world. Now that they've got that foundation built, they can really refine their systems for the next game.
While I enjoy the games (I'm actually playing through Exodus right now), I can't say I'm not a little disappointed that they're not branching out to do something else. Wasn't there rumors of them working on a new sci-fi IP a while back?
Metro Exodus was my very first Steam refund in years.
Two hours into the game I really wasn't seeing the improvements I hoped for in this sequel.
Still a lot of arbitrary barriers, scripted sequences with a questionable level of polish, poor gun feedback and so on.
It didn't help that (having to stop just south of the two hours to be eligible for a refund) I looked around and I've read a lot of impressions confirming that a lot of what I wasn't liking was there to stay across the game.
We'll see with the next one, assuming is not going to be another EGS exclusive.
Love me some Metro but step your acting game up. Invest in better VAs and direction. Everything else feels up to date and modern, but the acting is still shit. It was fine in the two older games but nowadays it's very detrimental to my playing experience and immersion.