In the context of the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase on Sunday, the absence of STALKER 2 – Heart of Chornobyl caused renewed speculation about the release date. Now the developers themselves have spoken.
It was already known that STALKER 2 – Heart of Chornobyl was postponed indefinitely due to the Ukraine war (GSC Game World has its headquarters in Kyiv). The game’s absence from Sunday’s Showcase fueled further speculation, as it only featured titles that Microsoft says will be released within the next 12 months. GSC Game World has now spoken up and is also giving us a new trailer and a DevDiary.
As a result, the studio in Kyiv is pretty much on hold at the moment, the employees are working in the home office from different parts of Ukraine, and the newly opened studio in Prague is now fully operational for the employees who managed to flee Ukraine. The studio took a number of measures during this time, including halting all sales to Russia and Belarus and putting Russian voice-overs for the game on hold. A charity sale hosted raised $800,000 across all platforms, which went to relief funds in Ukraine.
The development of the game continues happily and if the statements are to be believed, the team is highly motivated to deliver a remarkable title: “We aim to show the world Ukraine can stand strong not just on the battlefield, but as a part of distinctive and memorable world culture .”
The release period was also named, even if this (understandably) does not yet offer anything concrete. Accordingly, STALKER 2 – Heart of Chornobyl should now officially appear in 2023 for PC and Xbox Series X/S. And because it’s so nice, here’s the new trailer for the game:
And also the new DevDiary, in which the developers report on the development of the game during wartime: