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STALKER 2 delayed to December 2022

More time is needed for development.

STALKER 2 has been delayed to December 2022, developer GSC Game World has today declared.

“We have made a decision to postpone the release of STALKER 2 Heart of Chernobyl to December 8th, 2022,” the developer said in a statement posted to Twitter.

“These additional seven months of development are needed to fulfill our vision and achieve the desired state of the game,” the statement continued. “STALKER 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.”

GSC Game World recently came under fire for attempting to introduce non-fungible tokens (NFTs) into the title; player backlash caused the developer to abandon plans.

STALKER 2 Heart of Chernobyl heads to Windows PC, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X and Xbox Cloud Gaming on 8 December 2022, part of Xbox Game Pass.

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