With a new publisher signed up, and a bunch of loose ends tied up and squared away, Metro: Last Light now has an official release date. Deep Silver has confirmed the sequel to Metro 2033 will hit shelves from May 17th – a bit later than we might have liked, but hey: At least it wasn’t lost in the shuffle!
The Metro franchise was previously owned by THQ. When the publisher announced bankruptcy, it was one of the first titles to be snapped up, with Koch Media and Deep Silver forking over US$5.88m for the privilege, acquiring developer 4A Games at the same time.
The transaction still left Last Light in limbo, but today there’s a light at the end of the (train) tunnel.
Koch Media CEO Dr. Klemens Kundratitz explains:
The new release date is the ideal way to strike the balance between bringing the best out of Metro: Last Light and not keep the fans waiting longer than necessary.
We won’t leave that time unexploited and will work closely together with 4A Games to make the game even better. It will receive all the attention it deserves.
The storyline behind Metro: Last Light is written by Dmitry Glukhovsky, the author of Metro 2033, the novel which inspired the video games. With this literary background, things are shaping up pretty nicely. The game is set in 2034, the refugee inhabitants of the post-apocalyptic Moscow now live in the underground metro tunnels, living any way they can. Not everybody is happy to be there.