Ukranian developer 4A Games and publisher Deep Silver have announced that the epic, story-driven first-person shooter Metro Exodus has gone gold, and stated that the game will be released a week earlier, with a revised release date of February 15, 2019.
“Our fans have been waiting patiently for Metro Exodus ever since we announced the title at E3 2017,” said Klemens Kundratitz, CEO at Deep Silver. “We had previously delayed the release date to ensure 4A Games had the time to deliver their ambitious vision for the game, but now we’re delighted to confirm that Metro Exodus has ‘gone gold’ and we are able to bring the release date forward to February 15, 2019.”
The publisher celebrated the announcement with the release of a brand new title sequence for Metro Exodus. The hauntingly bleak sequence, developed by Game of Thrones and Westworld title sequence creators Elastic, is set to the game’s original score, orchestrated by series composer Alexey Omelchuk.
“We were absolutely thrilled to be contacted by the team at Deep Silver and 4A Games to create this Main Title Sequence,” said Andy Hall, creative director at Elastic. “It’s the type of project we love. Once we had been immersed in the game, we essentially lived in this frozen and terrifying landscape for many, many weeks…we are delighted with the final film.”
In development for five years, Metro Exodus is the third entry in the highly regarded Metro series and follows Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light. Exodus is set 25 years after a catastrophic nuclear war, during a time when a handful of survivors struggle to eke out a living in the tunnels beneath the ruins of Moscow. As the series protagonist, Artyom, must board a modified steam locomotive called the Aurora and lead a team of Spartan Rangers on a perilous journey across post-apocalyptic Russia in search of a new life in the East.
First announced at E3 2017, Metro Exodus stands as a notable evolution of the series typically claustrophobic, close-quarters gunplay. Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light took place in primarily underground locations, with the occasional jaunt into the irradiated open air. Metro Exodus sees players spending much more time out in the frigid wasteland.
As OnlySP covered in an extensive interview with the head of global brand management at Deep Silver, Huw Beynon, Metro Exodus was developed in parallel with series creator and novelist Dmitry Glukhovsky’s latest book, Metro 2035. Huw added that one of the biggest difficulties the team faced was balancing its ambition to push player freedom in the open world with ensuring the title still felt very much like a Metro game.
That said, 4A Games is no stranger to punching above its weight. Founded by veterans of STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl developer GSC Game World, 4A Games has made a name for itself by building technologically accomplished, well designed, tense first-person shooters. Metro Exodus allows the Ukranian team to take its learnings from the first two Metro titles, and apply them to the more open world template explored in Shadow of Chernobyl.
Metro Exodus is planned for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, on February 15, 2019.