Last year at E3 2017, 4A Games and Deep Silver shared a glimpse at some breathtaking gameplay from their upcoming title, Metro: Exodus, the much anticipated third installment in the Metro franchise. Then another was shown in December at The Game Awards. These trailers displayed some of what players can expect when the game is released, which was originally supposed to happen in the fall of 2018. Now, THQ Nordic–the parent company of Koch Media, those that own Metro publisher Deep Silver–has confirmed that fans will have to wait a little bit longer to get their hands on the post-apocalyptic title.
Metro: Exodus will be hitting the shelves during the first quarter of 2019. No set release date is confirmed at the moment.
“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,” Deep Silver and 4A Games stated in an announcement on the game’s website. “We want everyone to be able to experience what is the most ambitious Metro game to date at its absolute best…,” the companies went on to say.
Clearly, Deep Silver and 4A Games aren’t completely satisfied with the progress they’ve made on Metro: Exodus so far. I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing though. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: sometimes game delays are for the best. Releasing an unfinished product–or at least one the publishers and developers aren’t satisfied with–can mean terrible things. After all, look at what happened with No Man’s Sky. Although Hello Games has made immense improvements, players are still turned off by the game because of its initial release.
Deep Silver and 4A Games are also ensuring Metro: Exodus will be able to compete with other games coming out around the same time. This isn’t just smart, but it’s necessary. The Metro franchise is a popular one, but it must remain vigilant when taking into account titles, like Death Stranding or Beyond Good and Evil 2, that fans have been anticipating for years. Personally, I’ve been anticipating Metro: Exodus, but I’m not everyone.
Metro: Exodus is the third installment of the franchise, following Metro: Last Light and Metro: 2033. Deep Silver and 4A Games confirmed that they’ll be showing “some brand new gameplay from a never before seen game environment for you to enjoy” during E3 2018 in June. We may have to wait a tad bit longer for this one, but I think that the publishers and developers keeping us all in the loop means good things moving forward. Plus, more gameplay during E3 this year should keep us all satisfied until next year.