S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl has been pushed to the end of the year.
Originally set to launch in April on PC and Xbox Series X/S, GSC Game World’s shooter is now coming out just under eight months later on December 8. This is pretty far out, so we’ll see if the date sticks since a lot can happen in 11 months. The announcement came from the game’s official social channels, and it cited a desire to further test and polish the game over the course of the year.
The full statement reads as follows:
We have made a decision to postpone the release of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl to December 8th, 2022.
These additional seven months of development are needed to fulfill our vision and achieve the desired state of the game. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is the biggest project in the history of GSC, and it requires thorough testing and polishing. We are convinced that development should take as long as necessary, especially in the case of such a project.
This decision is not an easy one, but we are doing the best possible to deliver you a game that can live up to the expectations.
With more information, updates and showcases coming, we have an exciting and important year ahead. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
With love, GSC Game World team.
— S.T.A.L.K.E.R. OFFICIAL (@stalker_thegame) January 12, 2022
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The delay comes not long after the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 team canceled NFT content for the game following pushback last month. At first, GSC Game World doubled down on its decision to implement NFTs, but after more online backlash, the team canceled the project within the same day.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 was originally announced in 2010, but was canceled after GSC Game World dissolved in 2011. The company reformed in 2014, and the game was reintroduced back in 2018.