STALKER 2 developer GSC Sport World has taken the choice to delay the sport till later this yr.
As introduced on Twitter, the developer has notified its followers that STALKER 2’s new launch date has been shifted again to December this yr.
— S.T.A.L.Okay.E.R. OFFICIAL (@stalker_thegame) January 12, 2022
“We’ve got decided to postpone the discharge of STALKER 2: Coronary heart of Chernobyl to December 8, 2022,” reads a press release from the event staff.
“These extra seven months of improvement are wanted to satisfy our imaginative and prescient and obtain the specified state of the sport. STALKER 2 is the largest challenge within the historical past of GSC, and it requires thorough testing and sharpening. We’re satisfied that improvement ought to take so long as mandatory, particularly within the case of such a challenge.”
The delay to STALKER 2 will seemingly come as a disappointment to some followers, a few of which have been anticipating the sport’s launch for nearly a decade now. STALKER 2 has seen a fairly weird and tumultuous improvement cycle through the years, having been initially introduced in 2010 solely to then be cancelled only a yr later. In 2012, stories then surfaced that the sport was “at the moment in improvement” with out a launch date earlier than information broke in 2018 that GSC was growing the sequel.
Elsewhere within the assertion from GSC, the staff notes that the choice to delay the sport “has not been a simple one”, however that it’s going to hopefully enable them to ship a recreation “that may dwell as much as the expectations”. The assertion ends by explaining to followers that additional data, updates, and showcases for the sport will likely be coming sooner or later and that the staff has an “thrilling and essential yr forward.”
For extra on STALKER 2, be certain that to take a look at this text detailing how GSC Sport World revoked a choice to include NFTs into the sport after fan suggestions on the subject obtained notable backlash.
Jared Moore is a contract author for IGN. You may observe him on Twitter.