S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 has been delayed to the second half of 2024
GSC Game World has announced that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl will now be released in September 2024 as the game’s development "needs more time."
The developer confirmed that the game will now be released on September 5, 2024, along with a new trailer. According to the studio, the reception from fans at Gamescom prompted the decision to postpone the title once more since its technical performance was subpar.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2's development has been rocky, with Russia's invasion of Ukraine causing GSC's offices to be relocated to the Czech Republic, some developers remaining in Ukraine, its new office being damaged by fire, and the studio becoming a victim of multiple cyber attacks. The cyber attacks resulted in leaks, including early builds of the game and other assets.
The Gamescom demo for the game received mixed feedback due to game-breaking bugs, crashes, and texture display issues. However, fans appeared to enjoy its modern take on the classic survival shooter genre pioneered by the series' previous entries, and have continued to support the studio's decision to delay its release.
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