The Metro Exodus release date has been moved back from autumn 2018 to Q1 2019.
Publisher Deep Silver and developer 4A Games issued a joint statement this morning:
"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."
Metro Exodus was revealed last year at E3 and will take the game out of the iconic metro tunnels and into a sandbox open-world above. In doing so, Metro Exodus becomes tantalisingly close to the STALKER 2 we never got. Remember, many of the 4A team worked on STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl at GSC Game World, which fell apart in 2011/2012 during development of STALKER 2 - in particular Andriy "Prof" Prokhorov, who was lead designer of STALKER and is now creative director of Metro Exodus. Hence the excitement.
Metro Exodus is in development for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.