It seems that STALKER 2 may be suffering from yet another delay, as revealed by a fact sheet included as part of a press pack issued by GSC Game World, the series’ developer. In this document, it states that STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl will be released on PC and Xbox Series X|S in Q1 2024, despite the top page of the site hosting the document reading ‘Available 2023’.
This would be the latest in a long line of delays for STALKER 2, the production of which has been plagued by all manner of issues, including the Russian invasion of Ukraine that effectively uprooted much of the development team.
STALKER 2 Is Reportedly in a Bad Place
This week, STALKER 2 was made playable at Gamescom, but reports from attendees didn’t exactly speak highly of the product that was available. On Reddit, one user explained:
(The) Stalker 2 demo at Gamescom was running on a pc at the xbox booth (instead of using an Xbox). They tried to minimize the open world game into a buggy quest leaded (sp) demo for the Gamescom. It crashed, had game breaking bugs and texture issues.
In social circles, the sentiment is that even another year wouldn’t be enough to polish the game off, despite it having been in production for at least a decade. For the most part, the die-hard community members who have backed the series for all these years are happy with the reported delay, as it means they’ll arguably get a more refined final product.
GSC Game World is yet to officially delay STALKER 2.