The original plan to release Metro Exodus is on February 22. However 4A Games and publisher Deep Silver recently have good news for fans of the post-apocalyptic franchise: "The game is now arriving a little earlier." Earlier, in this case, is a whole week earlier.

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To celebrate this good news, the developer has released the game’s opening cinematic for all to watch.

You can watch the opening cinematic on the video below:

The opening sequence was created by Elastic – whose other work includes Game of Thrones, and Westworld – and features original music by series composer Alexey Omelchuk.

Metro Exodus is set in 2036, two years after the events of Metro: Last Light, on a post-apocalyptic Earth that has been devastated by a nuclear war 23 years ago. The game continues the story from Metro: Last Light's "Redemption" ending. Similar to the previous two entries, the player assumes the role of 23-year-old Artyom who flees the Metro in Moscow and sets off on a continent-spanning journey with Spartan Rangers to the far east. Artyom first travels around the Volga River, not far from the Ural Mountains, to get a ride on a locomotive known as the "Aurora" that heads east for a new life. The story takes place over the course of one year, starting in harsh nuclear winter in the metro. Another major character, returning from the previous game and the book Metro 2035, is Anna - who is now Artyom's wife.

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With this earlier release on February 15, 2019, Metro Exodus will no longer be launching on the same day as BioWare's Anthem. However, its competition will be Crackdown 3 on Xbox One, as well as Far Cry New Dawn. The latter game was just announced at The Game Awards, and also features a nuclear post-apocalyptic setting, albeit in Montana instead of Moscow.

Alongside the release date announcement on Twitter, the official Metro Exodus account also shared that the game has officially "gone gold," meaning development has progressed far along enough for discs to be produced in preparation for release. Additionally, a movie based on the Metro book series was recently shelved, with screenwriters originally planning to move the setting to Washington D.C. So it's even more Metro in the upcoming years.

Metro Exodus will launch on February 15 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Both previous games are available as Metro: Redux on the same platforms.