4A Games, the developer behind the incredible post-apocalyptic Metro franchise, have announced a delay for the next game in the series, Metro Exodus. THQ Nordic, parent company of Koch Media, who also own Deep Silver, announced the change via an earnings announcement.
This new titles is the most ambitious project they’ve ever done, according to 4A Games. They plan to take full advantage of the extra 9-ish months to polish and refine the core features of Metro Exodus.
Now slated for a Q1 2019 release, the game has been delayed to improve the game further and avoid some of the competition in the shooter genre which is a wise move. The full statement reads as follows:
The development of Metro Exodus is progressing well; we are all really excited by what we are seeing. We have been constantly reviewing the games progress to ensure that we deliver a product that gamers and fans of the Metro series want and deserve, as well as keeping an eye on announcements from our competitor products. We want everyone to be able to experience what is the most ambitious Metro game to date at its absolute best and therefore we have taken the decision to move the release date to Q1 2019.
We know that this will be disappointing news for fans that had hoped to play the game this year, but also know that you will appreciate the results that this additional development time and new release date will bring. We would also like to take this opportunity to confirm that at E3 in June we will be revealing some brand new gameplay from a never before seen game environment for you to enjoy.
This isn’t the only game Deep Silver, who are publishing the title with 4A Games, have delayed this week. In fact, it looks like this week is shaping up to be a week of disappointment for gamers and fans. Deep Silver announced a delay for Shenmue III, pushing the game to 2019.
Metro Exodus was announced at E3 2017, and features a much more diverse scope in terms of setting and gameplay compared to previous games like Metro Last Light. The developers plan to have more gameplay snippets to show at this years E3 in June, so keep an eye out for that.
Metro Exodus is bound for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.