Sad news folks, Deep Silver and 4A Games have announced that Metro Exodus has been delayed and will no longer launch in 2018. The new release date for Metro Exodus is Q1 2019.

“The development of Metro Exodus is progressing well; we are all really excited by what we are seeing,” wrote developer 4A Games in a statement. “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.

“Thank you for your patience and understanding, we look forward to sharing more with you in June.”

While disappointing, it’s always a necessary evil if a game just isn’t going to be ready in time. The holiday period is also typically hectic for game releases, and those without the biggest budgets tend to get swallowed up in the schedule. Even AAA releases can struggle to shine against the likes of Call of Duty, Battlefield, Assassin’s Creed, Red Dead, etc, which we’ve seen a number of titles disappoint commercially in recent times, including Titanfall 2 and Watch Dogs 2. Launching early in 2019 would provide Metro Exodus with a little more breathing against the competition, and also affords 4A Games the opportunity to polish up some of the rough edges.

In addition to the delay, Deep Silver’s new owner THQ Nordic also delivered its roadmap of releases. They’re still unclear when Biomutant and Darksiders 3 will be ready to launch, although they are still targeting a 2018 release for both games on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.