Metro Exodus, the third game in the survival/horror/stealth/shooter series and the first to feature a more expansive open world, has been delayed. The PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC game was originally due to launch this year, but it’s now coming in Q1 2019, according to a press release from THQ Nordic. That works out to sometime in the January-March 2019 window.
In its press release, THQ Nordic did not provide a rationale or explanation for why the game was delayed.
Like the previous Metro games, Exodus stars Artyom, who is fleeing the ruins of the Moscow Metro with a band of survivors. Publisher deep Silver says the game will be a “sandbox survival experience,” with players exploring large, non-linear levels in a story that spans an entire year. For the first time in the Metro series, Exodus will feature an open world.
Exodus was announced during E3 2017 with a trailer that showed Artyom in a collapsed tunnel filled with skeletons. He then walked out into the open and fought a mutated rat beast. A follow-up trailer released during The Video game Awards in December 2017 showed even more mutated creatures and inhospitable environments (you can watch it again above).
The first Metro game, Metro 2033, came out in 2010. The most recent entry in the series was 2013’s Metro: Last Light, so it’s been a long time coming for a new games. The franchise was created and is developed by 4A Games in Ukraine, based on the works of Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky.