Metro Exodus screenshot of a broken gas mask

[Update #2]: Metro Exodus' free PC Enhanced Edition will be launching on May 6, 2021!

[Update]: From what I can tell, the update has now gone through without a hitch.

A little while ago the Metro Exdous devs released a small hotfix in order to remove the Denuvo Anti-Tamper integration and fix some of the more common crashing problems. In a bit of an ironic twist, the patch itself ended up causing crashes for a large portion of the playerbase, which then quickly prompted the team to do a full roll-back.

As such, the removal of Denuvo and all of the various changes will be coming as a part of the next update. Usually this would happen quite quickly, but due to the pandemic making things harder on every front, you might have to wait a few more days to get a smoother Metro Exodus experience.

"Releasing a patch requires the involvement of the Developer, Publisher, External Partners such as QA, and Platform/Store owners working together on tight timelines to get the fixes to you," reads the brief update. "Normally this can be done quite fast when needed, but these are not normal times and some elements of the process are much harder to schedule or facilitate on both human and technical levels right now. "

Once the hotfix goes live I'll make sure to let you know, but until then you can read about all of the upcoming changes over at Steam.