GSC Game World Denies Stalker 2 Delay Rumors, Plans Full Steam Ahead for a 2023 Release

Stalker came to the gaming forefront via a small developer by the name of GSC Game World on March 20, 2007, and ever since it’s proven to be one the most legendary yet underrated games in the action survivor horror sphere. Many game developers and studios have taken tips from Stalker. But GSC Game World just might revolutionize the gaming industry once again with their Stalker 2 title, that is if we ever get to see it release on time.

Stalker 2 Won’t Be Delayed, GSC Game World Preparing for a 2023 Launch

It was iXBT GAMES Editor-in-Chief, Vitaly Kazunov that stated that the upcoming survival horror game Stalker 2 won’t be released until at least 2024-2025. The editor cited his own sources in a Youtube video where he claimed that the game is unfortunately at a stage of permanent repair.

So, what happened to the highly anticipated release of Stalker 2, and what bumped up the release date to 2024-2025? Well, it all has to do with the Russian Invasion of Ukraine. Issues started to pop up around six months ago as the Russia-Ukraine War jumpstarted. For the time being, Stalker 2 development was put on hiatus, and development soon resume once the team relocated to Prague.

Unfortunately, Kazunov stated that most of the key staff members that worked on the development of Stalker 2 have since resigned from the studio due to issues with relocating and problems associated with the war. We don’t know the exact details of this story, but Kazunov suggested that these issues led to new employees being recruited at the studio that have been forced to redo some aspects of the game and in some cases, basically start from scratch.

But these were all rumors started by the editor-in-chief. And these rumors have since been denied recently. GSC Game World quickly came on the scene and refuted the rumors via Discord and has since released an official statement to alt/char refuting the “absurd nature of the info”.

“We usually don’t comment on rumors like this, but due to the absurd nature of the info we will make an exception. This is false, and the game wasn’t delayed once again. Our release date is 2023, just as we announced on Microsoft’s Extended E3 show this summer. We recommend trusting the official GSC sources on all the info about S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2.” – GSC Game World

It was earlier this month that Xbox began refunding the pre-orders for Stalker 2 and denied taking any further pre-orders from the game entirely. This doesn’t point to a potentially huge delay, as Microsoft’s policy states that pre-orders for the game will begin once again after a release date for a title is confirmed.

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Next Generation of Blood Suckers featured in the upcoming highly anticipated Stalker 2: Heart of Chernobyl | GSC Game World

Following the refunds, Stalker 2 developers at GSC Game World reported that they had to postpone the game to 2023 with no exact release date in mind.

“We made the announcement at E3 Microsoft Extended show, alongside the Dev Diary and intro cutscene. Microsoft refunds preorders for the games with no exact release date. When we announce the exact release date, later on, the preorders will go live again for Xbox. Pre-orders on PC (Steam, EGS, GOG) are not affected by this.” – GSC Game World

Stalker 2 was initially set for an April 8, 2022 launch date which was later rescheduled to December 8, 2022. That was all before the Russian Invasion of Ukraine.

STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl is currently expected to be released sometime in 2023 for the Xbox Series X | S and PC and will be available on Steam, Epic Games Store, and Microsoft Store.

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Naseer Abbas
Naseer has been interested in PCs and videogames since his childhood. If he isn't busy playing retro shooters, he's tinkering with emulators or learning something new.