[Updated] The next Metro game has been outed by the accompanying book series' website

Update: Following today's findings, the website has since been cleared of any references to a new Metro title next year. This was paired with a statement from Deep Silver, ruling out a 2017 release for the next installment.

As the exclusive rights holder to videogames set in the Metro 2033 universe, Deep Silver has ambitious plans for the hugely successful Metro series. But just to manage our fans' expectations - releasing the next Metro game in 2017 is not one of them.

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Metro developer 4A Games recently announced it was working on VR titles, leading Metro fans to wonder when we'd see more of the studio's incredible post-apocalyptic shooter series. Well, wonder no more!

A website for the book series the game is based on just outed a 2017 launch window for the next Metro game.

Revealed on the Metro book series website (via ICXM), the timeline lists 2017 as the launch year for the next entry in the video game series, following the 2015 launch of the book Metro 2035.

"2017: The Next Metro Game. 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…"

Metro follows the somber story of Artyom and his militarized faction of Rangers, attempting to survive an apocalyptic event that made the surface of the planet completely inhospitable. Terrifying monsters, supernatural phenomena, and radioactive fallout decimate the land, and the remaining humans skirmish over the relative safety of the Russian subterranean Metro.

Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light are available on Xbox One in a single package known as Metro Redux, having originally launched on Xbox 360. The games have aged incredibly well, featuring some of the most gorgeous visuals, atmospheric environments, and nail-biting horror-twinged gameplay available on the console.

We can only guess as to what the next Metro game will look like, but if you haven't already, you can get an idea by picking up the original games via the links below for some incredibly reasonable prices.

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