S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Delayed Indefinitely as Ukrainian Devs Focus on Employee Safety

The game was recently delayed to December.

GSC Game World, the developer behind the upcoming S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, has released a video about the state of the studio in the midst of the Russian attack on Ukraine last week. In the video, the Ukrainian team confirms S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2‘s development is on hold, as the team is focused primarily on the safety of workers and their families.

The video shows footage from S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2’s motion capture sessions, and explains the team was hoping to update fans on the game by discussing this part of development in video form. But it, unfortunately, had to scrap the original video, and is using this new one as a response to those inquiring about the state of the company.  GSC Game World also links to Come Back Alive, an organization that helps Ukrainian military and their families

“Our country is forced to fight for existence again,” reads text accompanying videos of Ukraine over the past week. “Seems like this is the price of freedom. Now we are striving to help our employees and their families survive. The game development shifted to the sidelines. But we will definitely continue. After the victory. Glory to Ukraine.”

Prior to this, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 was set to launch in December after a delay back in January. But the game has been delayed indefinitely. Our thoughts are with the GSC Game World team, as well as everyone in Ukraine affected by the attacks. Beyond Ukraine, the games industry has been pulling products and services from Russian stores as an act of solidarity, such as companies like CD Projekt Red. Others like This War on Mine developer 11 Bit Studios are donating all profits made for the game to Ukrainian Red Cross.