It seems like ages since we heard from GSC Game World about their upcoming sequel, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2. It was initially given an April 2022 release date before being delayed to December 8th. That was nearly a year ago now. As we know, events in the spring took a turn for the worse when Russia invaded Ukraine. This had a huge impact on the development of GSC, as they were based in the country’s capital, Kyiv. So in March, they announced that their long-awaited sequel was to be put on hold. Normally we hate to see games delayed, but this time no one minded as everyone prayed for the safety of the Ukrainian people. This included the staff of GSC Kyiv, who had no choice but to delay the work.
They posted a video in March that highlighted what they were seeing on a daily basis. It seems fans were no longer asking about seeing gameplay. The focus of what fans wanted to know was if the GSC Game World staff were okay. So, this new video was the response to the questions from concerned fans. They said the focus wasn’t on developing the game but helping their employees and their families to survive. In June, they posted a new trailer at the Xbox and Bethesda extended showcase. We also saw a pretty harrowing update from them about their situation at the time
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 And Where It Stands Today
After a long period of silence, GSC Game World gave fans a late treat to end 2022. We have a new gameplay trailer to show you, which can be found below.
From the trailer, we can see how the game is progressing, and as we know, it’s being developed in Unreal Engine 5. Also according to the Steam listing, the game is launching in December 2023 and is available to preorder now. The Xbox Store page is back up and running, with only a 2023 release date. As always, we’d love to hear what you think of this news. Personally, this is one game I’m really looking forward to playing.
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