Developer GSC Game World has announced it’ll be delaying the upcoming release of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl to December.
The first-person post-apocalyptic shooter was originally intended to launch at the end of April. However, a statement posted to the game’s official Twitter account has revealed it will now arrive in December. “These additional seven months of development are needed to fulfil our vision and achieve the desired state of the game,” the statement said.
“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.”
The team promise that more information and updates will be coming in the year ahead. Back in December, GSC Game World faced minor controversy over a proposed “STALKER Metaverse” featuring NFTs. Though not directly linked to the game, players would be able to buy the potential to have their face scanned into the game and featured as an NPC. The team backtracked following intense fan backlash, and later that same week pledged there would be no NFTs in the game.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl is now set to arrive on Xbox Series X|S and PC on December 8.
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