Update: The current rights holder of the Metro series, Deep Silver, has responded to claims of a 2017 sequel on the game’s Facebook page. Apparently, releasing “Metro 2036” next year is not in its plans. Full statement below:
“You may have noticed some sites have reported that a new Metro game would be released in 2017. Deep Silver has released the following statement…
“As the exclusive rights holder to videogames set in the Metro 2033 universe, Deep Silver has ambitious plans for the hugely successful Metro series.
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‘But just to manage our fans’ expectations – releasing the next Metro game in 2017 is not one of them.
“When we have more news to share, we will.
“Thank you for your patience.”
Original story: If the website for a new book is to be believed, a new Metro game is on its way in 2017.
Metro 2035 is the final novel in the trilogy of books on which Metro 2033 is based. The last part of Dmitry Glukhovsky’s trio has now been translated into English, the website announces, and an accompanying timeline of the books and games contains a yet-unreleased entry scheduled for next year.
Under ‘The Next Metro Video Game’, the entry describes a story arc which takes place after the original series.
“It all adds up to something,” it reads. “Where the books end their story, the game will pick it up. An era of great discoveries lies ahead…”
If the series’ naming convention is retained, the new game will be called Metro 2036.
Metro 2033 was developed by 4A Games and published by THQ, but since the latter went under in 2013, the rights were since purchased by Koch Media for $5.8m. If another game in the franchise is coming, it will be from one of Koch’s subsidiaries.
4A Games teased one of the projects it’s been working on last year, which appears to be some kind of futuristic shooter, but images have been sparing. If indeed the new Metro game takes place in “an era of great discoveries” then this could all fit together nicely.
Given the studio’s history with the franchise it would also make sense for it to helm a sequel, but it’s possible that responsibility has been handed on to another developer.
After today’s events in the United States of America, the publishing of any new post-apocalyptic games may become entirely unnecessary, as we prepare for the end of days heralded by the Preacher of Orange. Who needs a fake apocalypse when you’ve got a real one on your hands?
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