GSC Game World, the developer of Stalker 2: Heart of Chernobyl, has stated that the game’s release date has been moved back from April 2022 until the end of the year.
Stalker 2 will now be released on December 8, 2022, rather than April 28, as originally planned, according to a statement released by the game’s official Twitter account.
“This choice was not simple,” according to GSC Game World, but “an extra seven months of development are required to fulfil our vision and attain the ideal state of the game.”
Stalker 2 is “the largest project in GSC’s history, and it needs comprehensive testing and polishing,” according to the statement. We believe that development should take as long as it takes, particularly in the case of a project like this.” The team is hoping that the extra time would enable them to provide “a game that lives up to the hype.”
Despite the fact that Stalker fans will have to wait a bit longer for the game, the statement ends with a promise of “additional information, updates, and showcases” for the remainder of the year.
Stalker 2: Heart of Chernobyl will be available on PC and as an Xbox console exclusive for Xbox Series X/S on December 8, 2022, with day one access on Xbox Game Pass.
Enough time to perfect it
Delay announcements aren’t that shocking just now. We’ve seen several huge titles being pushed ahead in the last year. Some, such as Elden Ring, have been pushed back a few months, while others, such as Final Fantasy XVI, have been delayed significantly. Scorn, another Xbox One exclusive, was just moved out until the second half of 2022 as well. Delays are probably inevitable at this stage, given the pandemic’s impact on numerous studios throughout the globe.
Fans of Stalker have been waiting for this one for a long time, so there may be some disappointment at the news. Plans for Stalker 2 were first reported in 2010, however the project was shelved in 2012. The name reappeared in 2018 with a development announcement, and by 2021, we were getting some definite facts about it. These specifications include its PC system requirements, which need you to set aside a significant amount of space on your SSD.
Still, after waiting so long, a couple more months to acquire a game that’s fully finished seems achievable. It’s understandable that GSC World wants to get this one right, especially following the studio’s recent uproar over its intentions to incorporate NFTs in the game, and subsequent rejection of those plans.
As it stands, there are plenty of other games coming out this year to keep us occupied while we wait, with blockbuster titles like Elden Ring and Dying Light 2 coming out only next month.
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