A timeline on the Metro 2035 book site was signalling the arrival of a new Metro game next year. Sadly, Deep Silver has just released a statement that rules out that possibility.
The third novel of the post-apocalyptic Metro series is being released in English on December 10th. To commemorate the life span of the series across books and games, the official Metro website released a timeline that combined both mediums chronologically. The last heading, “The next Metro videogame,” marked 2017 as milestone and read: “It all adds up to something. Where the books end their story, the game will pick it up. An era of great discoveries lies ahead […]”. Deep Silver did not take long to come to the fore and rule out that possibility. As a result of this, the last mark has removed the date and transformed the header to “An untitled Metro project”.
Deep Silver released a short but clear statement on the future of this third game on their official Facebook page. “As the exclusive rights holder to videogames set in the Metro 2033 universe, Deep Silver has ambitious plans […]. But just to manage our fans’ expectations – releasing the next Metro game in 2017 is not one of them”. Deep Silver is therefore not committing to any release date and informs us that we’ll get more news when they feel they are ready to do so.
Venturing into The World of Metro 2033
When Russian writer Dmitry Glukhovsky delivered the first installment of his Metro series in 2005, he probably did not know what a crazy seed he had planted. That first novel took five years to be translated into English, but the roots were strong. Since then, the book series have been translated into more than 20 languages and harvested very good critics from sci-fi fans and experts worldwide. Glukhovsky delivered Metro 2034 in 2009 and the last book of the series, Metro 2035, last year.
The Metro universe is a post-Apocalyptic setting in which all survivors of WWIII have chosen the Moscow metro (one of the biggest in the world) as their last possible retreat. In the depths of those tunnels and dim lighted stations a new danger starts brewing that may condemn them to complete annihilation. We won’t spoil much of the plot for you, but just enough to say that if you fancy the wasteland tales of Fallout, you will probably find these series rather enjoyable.
All things considered, it was just a matter of time for a videogame studio to drink directly from that source and start expanding the universe. In that sense, both Deep Silver and Dmitry Glukhovsky have worked hand by hand very nicely to ensure that both mediums build a sort of transmedia narrative. Up until now, two videogames have been released: Metro 2033 and Last Light, which you may consider spin-offs of the original book collection.
The last book, Metro 2035, brings characters and events of the books and the games together. Everything pinpoints to the Metro 2035 game to go beyond Glukhovsky’s script and, who knows, build the foundations for future stories.