STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl, the upcoming survival horror FPS from GSC Game World, has seemingly been delayed again to Q1 2024. This new update comes from a recently published developer’s fact sheet which now lists the game as releasing early next year as opposed to its originally planned launch this year. Xbox boss Phil Spencer provided a positive update on the game’s progress at Gamescom yesterday, saying that progress is going smoothly.
Ever since its re-reveal back in 2019, STALKER 2 has been hit with multiple delays, mainly brought about by the studio’s reported relocation to Czechia in the midst of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Development resumed sometime in mid-2022 but it was hit with another delay to 2023.
It looks like STALKER 2 might finally have a set release window but only for next year. Opening Xbox’s Gamescom booth, Spencer spoke about the title and reassured fans that development was on track:
“One that’s close to my heart is [the] Stalker 2 team, and all that they’ve been dealing with. They have a playable game on the floor, which is just fantastic. I got to play yesterday. The game looks great, and they’re literally downloading a build as I’m sitting there, trying to put the last touches on their game. But what an amazing story.”
GSC Game World has been through a lot during STALKER 2‘s development so it’s good to see some positive feedback from its progress. If the developer’s fact sheet is accurate, then we can only expect the sequel to launch sometime between January-March 2024. It will also arrive day one on Xbox Game Pass which will be a nice boost for Microsoft’s subscription service if it turns out to be a critical success.
STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl is expected to release in Q1 2024 for Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Source: GSC Game World