THQ Nordic has announced during its earnings report that Metro Exodus has been pushed back from a Q3 2018 release until Q1 2019.
The original date would have put it up against big releases like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, so it's likely that THQ Nordic made a strategic decision to delay the title until next year to avoid that busy release period. The publisher didn't confirm the reason for the delay in the earnings report.
Here's the statement we recieved this morning on the news from Deep Silver:
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.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, we look forward to sharing more with you in June.