4A Games has announced that Metro Exodus has gone gold; and better yet – the game will release one week early on February 15, 2019.

"We had previously delayed the release date to ensure 4A Games had the time to deliver their ambitious vision for the game," said Deep Silver CEO Klemens Kundratitz, "but now we’re delighted to confirm that Metro Exodus has ‘gone gold’ and we are able to bring the release date forward to February 15th, 2019."

Inspired by the novels of Dmitry Glukhovsky, Metro Exodus continues Artyom’s story, set a quarter-century after a nuclear war devastated the earth.

After surviving beneath the ruins of Moscow, players must flee the Metro and lead a band of Spartan Rangers on a continent-spanning journey across post-apocalyptic Russia in search of a new life in the East.

Those craving an extra taste of Metro Exodus can check out the newly-released title sequence. Created by Santa Monica-based studio, Elastic – this same team are responsible for iconic intros for such shows as Game of Thrones and Westworld.

Metro isn't the only title avoiding the once-crowded February 22 date. Initially Day's Gone, Anthem, and Crackdown 3 all shared the same day.

Since then, Days Gone has moved to April 26 to "avoid a crowded February," while Crackdown also moved up its release – now sharing the 15th with Metro.

This fun game of release date "musical chairs" means that BioWare's Anthem will have February 22 all to itself, while Crackdown and Metro Exodus will likely appeal to different audiences.