This is a very important moment in Metro Exodus because depending on your decision, one of your companions will survive and you will be able to see a good ending of the game. The following guide section covers everything step-by-step.
Go ashore and walk up the stairs to the top. Run after the voice of the girl, Nastya. Finally, you will reach the modest room that Nastya and her mother Katya live in. Women will introduce you to the current situation and then hurry to have the guards appear as soon as possible. At this point, you have a choice that strongly determines the end of the chapter, the fate of one of your companions, and even the end of the game! You can try to escape quietly (the "good" variant, leading to positive endings) or choose the combat path (the "bad" variant). In order to avoid spoilers, we've written more extensively about the choices in a separate section.
Offensive variant - we break through enemies
All you have to do is wait until the soldiers break into the room with Nastya and Katya - welcome them with a gunshot and kill them quickly. You can now, as you wish, exit through the window or through the doorways. It is worth choosing the window because we will get to our boat faster.
Along the way, you'll meet a lot of enemies - but when you choose the combat variant, you don't really have to be afraid of them and you can kill them one by one. The advantage of this solution is that you can easily search the headquarters of bandits and collect interesting items or notes. Once you've eliminated the resistance, go to the boat, use the reel and leave this dangerous place.
Escape the church - stealth option
At the very beginning of your journey through the Volga you will come across a church. As soon as you reach the church and get off the boat, it will be blocked. Your task will be to go upstairs and talk to mother with a child.
After talking to them, jump out the window. Climb up the first staircase and deafen your opponent there.
Another opponent stands a bit farther, also eliminate him.
Go downstairs and go to the building. There, quietly eliminate enemies standing in your way. It's best to draw their attention with cans.
If you stun a large number of enemies, at some point the enemies will surrender even if you don't kill any of them. This will allow you to explore the terrain freely.
Go to a makeshift port. You need to get a new boat. To do this twist the mechanism. When you jump into the boat, you will leave the church area.
Regardless of the variant, sail away from the church by boat. Anna will contact you - if you wanted to follow a quiet path, then the woman should state in a message that she is happy that she managed to solve the case without bloodshed. When you sail, you will be attacked by sea monsters - defend yourself against attacks, and after a while, you will reach Knyaz. Say goodbye to the man and you'll find out about another task to do in Volga. Return to the train and tell Miller about your situation.