Originally scheduled to release on 28th April, STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl has been delayed until 8th December.
STALKER 2 – or S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, but frankly we don’t feel like typing that many dots every time we mention its name – was first revealed to us during an Xbox showcase last year. It was confidently given a release date of 28th April this year. But in a Twitter post from the game’s official account today, it’s now been pushed back until the end of the year.
“These additional seven months of development are needed to fulfil our vision and achieve the desired state of the game,” the statement reads. “STALKER 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”.
The statement then goes on to say that more information and showcases of the game will come throughout the year. It ends with a “thank you for your patience and understanding”.
It comes as no surprise, as game delays have become more and more prevalent in a world where developers must work around ongoing Covid restrictions. This may be the first major delay we’ve heard about so far in 2022, but we’re fairly confident it won’t be the last.
STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl is a follow-up to STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl and Call of Pripiyat. A first person shooter set in a huge open world, STALKER 2 promises to be both horrifying and immersive, featuring an “epic, non-linear story”.
We might have to wait a bit longer for it, but hopefully for fans of dark action and horror, it’ll be worth the wait. You can watch the original trailer for the game below.