Stalker 2: Hit With a Delay

Fans of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise have been waiting some time for a sequel to Shadow of Chernobyl. They got their wish when GSC Game World announced S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl.  Last we saw was a gameplay trailer and a release date of April.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl was also set to be the first game released using the new Unreal Engine 5. However, we have seen a taste of that trailer in the recent Matrix tech demo. And the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl file size is set to set to be a hefty install with a reported file size close to 200GB.

The future of the franchise

However, today brought bad news to fans of the series.  It’s the latest in many games to be hit with a delay.  We won’t see this launching on April 28th now.  GSC Game World has delayed the release date now giving a date of 8th December so just over seven months

They posted the news on Twitter earlier today

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.

The series had spin-off titles which meant the last game in the series was way back in 2009.  And it is still set to launch day one on the Game Pass service. This will be for PC and Xbox Series X/S. However, what do you think about this news? Are you excited to play this? We do have a similar game in the meantime which is due to an upgrade for the new consoles. That is the recent release of Chernobylite.

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