Update, May 16: Deep Silver and 4A Games have confirmed the delay of Metro Exodus to 2019 in a statement, and say they will show "brand new gameplay from a never before seen game environment" at E3 next month.
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"The development of Metro Exodus is progressing well; we are all really excited by what we are seeing. We have been constantly reviewing the game's 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's 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."
Original story, May 16: At The Game Awards 2017, it was announced that the latest instalment in the Metro series would release this autumn. In sad news for anyone looking forward to braving the irradiated cruelty of post-apocalypse Russia, that's now slipped roughly six months to the first quarter of 2019.
The news comes via THQ Nordic, who - after acquiring Koch Media - now own publishers Deep Silver. Their latest financial report simply says "we are all looking forward to Deep Silver's next key release, Metro Exodus, now expected in Q1 2019."
There's no further explanation of the delay. The rest of the announcement reports some pretty bullish results for THQ Nordic, including an increase in net sales of 673%. That stupendous figure is thanks largely to the purchase of Koch Media, which was consolidated in February this year, just in time for the successful launch of Kingdom Come: Deliverance.
Based on a series of novels by Dmitry Glukhovsky, the Metro games are a grim series of shooters with stealth and survival elements, largely set in Russia's underground rail system after a nuclear apocalypse.