The developers of Metro Exodus have signed on for a new project with publishers THQ Nordic. In their latest financial year report, THQ confirmed that the two companies will be working together on a new triple-A title.
In the report (via Gematsu), THQ says that in the 15 months from January 1 2018 to March 31 2019, “we signed multiple new projects, among them a new development agreement with 4A Games, the developers of the Metro franchise, for their upcoming, and still undisclosed, AAA-project.”
Sadly, for now, that’s all the information we have, but while details are scarce, we can at least opt-in for a little speculation. The companies’ previous partnership seems to have proved pretty lucrative, as Metro Exodus sales on the Epic Store were more than double what Last Light managed on Steam back in 2013. With that in mind, I certainly wouldn’t be too surprised if a sequel was on the cards, particularly given the somewhat open-ended nature of the story’s conclusion.
Even if that were the case, however, we probably wouldn’t get to see a new game for quite a while. Metro Exodus’ first piece of DLC arrives later this summer, but the second and final add-on won’t be available until next year.
Based on that timeline, there’s a slim chance of an official announcement next summer, but even that would mean quite a speedy turnaround, and THQ Nordic has plenty of other things on its plate before then. Elsewhere in their report, the company says that alongside sister companies Deep Silver and Coffee Stain Studios, a total of 80 games are in development, 48 of which are yet to be announced. I have a feeling it could be a busy E3.