Looks like 4A Games needs more time to work on Metro: Last Light. The upcoming horror shooter and sequel to Metro 2033 was originally expected to join the springtime rush in March, but current publisher Deep Silver has confirmed a May release instead.
Word comes from a very recent tweet off the official Last Light Twitter account, informing fans that the game needs just a little more work. The post reads:
"The extra time allows 4A Games to add a final layer of polish to Metro: Last Light to make it as good as possible."
Both parent company Koch Media and its publishing branch Deep Silver had things to say over the matter, too. Koch CEO Dr. Klemens Kundratitz stated that the time was needed for Last Light to be at its best. He says:
"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."
Deep Silver's Menno van der Bil referred to their new ownership of Last Light, which had previously been under the now-defunct THQ. Here is the statement, calling for fans to be patient:
"Since it has been made public that we took over the Metro franchise, the fans keep asking for a release date. Now we can finally announce when they will be able to get their hands on the game! We would like to thank all of the Metro fans for their patience. And we can assure them that we have a lot more coming their way with the franchise."
Given what had happened to the game's previous publisher, we really aren't all that surprised by this delay. Hell, I'm just glad someone picked up Last Light and aims to see it released.
Update: Deep Silver has confirmed that Last Light will be out on May 14. Mark your calendars.