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Metro: Last Light development wasn't affected much by THQ transition, says Deep Silver

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Metro: Last Light developer 4A Games has "not lost too much time on the development of the game" as a result of the transition from THQ to the Metro franchise's new owner, Deep Silver, the latter company said in an interview with VG247.

Deep Silver's parent company, Koch Media, acquired the Metro IP for $5.8 million in January at THQ's first bankruptcy auction, and also picked up Saints Row developer Volition for $22.3 million. The publisher will lead all future development on both franchises.

"Obviously the release date has been pushed back a little bit as the studio re-engages with a new publisher and tries to figure out QA, submissions and all the stuff you have to do behind the scenes," said Huw Beynon, global brand manager at Deep Silver, to VG247. THQ had planned to launch Last Light this month; it is now set for release on May 14 in North America and May 17 in Europe on Windows PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

"We've not lost too much time on the development of the game, and it's essentially going to be the same product we planned to release in March," Beynon added. "We're just really excited it's not been too traumatic for the studio."

For more on Metro: Last Light, check out our preview from December.