STALKER 2 Devs Deny Rumors game is delayed until 2024/25

Rumors started spreading earlier today STALKER 2 had been delayed until 2024/25 as the game was in a period of “permanent repair”, but these delay rumors have now been denied by developer GSC Game World. According to their statement on the “absurd” rumors, the release date of STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl is still some time in 2023.

Despite rumours, STALKER 2 has again not been postponed


The rumors were started by iXBT Games Editor-in-Chief Vitaly Kazunov in a Youtube video in which he claimed that STALKER 2 began to suffer problems six months after the invasion of GSC Game World’s Ukrainian homeland. While it’s true that the game’s development was halted for a few months to allow the developer to relocate to Prague, as confirmed in a heartbreaking developer diary, Kazunov then claimed the move caused significant problems, including the fact that most employees would have left the studio. Rumor has it that new staff will completely rework or scrap some aspects of STALKER 2, leaving it in a “permanent repair” phase, meaning there would be another delay until 2024/25.

GSC Game World was very quick to refute the rumors via Discord and has since released an official statement to Insider Gaming, refuting the “absurd nature of the information”:

“We don’t normally comment on rumors like this, but due to the absurdity of the information, we’re making an exception. This is incorrect and the game has not been postponed again. Our release date is 2023, just like we announced at Microsoft’s Extended E3 show this summer. We recommend trusting official GSC sources for all information regarding STALKER 2.”

STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl is currently scheduled for release sometime in 2023 for Xbox Series X|S and PC.

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Emma Bowman

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