S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Postponed as Preorders Get Canceled

Abdullah Waseem
Abdullah Waseem
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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl 2: Heart of Chernobyl was first scheduled to launch in April of 2022. The developers’ GSC later announced another delay which would see the game delayed to December 8, 2022. While December looked like the time we’d finally get the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. sequel, it is being delayed yet again.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Delayed to Unconfirmed Date

Polish website XGP has revealed screenshots of messages sent to the people who pre-ordered the game.

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Pre-orders Canceled

The message reads:

'Thank you for pre-ordering S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl 2: Heart of Chernobyl. The availability date of this title has been changed to an unconfirmed date in the future. Due to this change, we have canceled your pre-order and refunded your payment costs. Follow Xbox.com for information about a future release date for this title.'

How Long of a Delay could the Game Face?

Considering that even the pre-orders have been refunded, the game might be pushed quite far. While no one saw the delay coming, there could be several reasons for that. The biggest reason could be the ongoing war in Ukraine as GSC is a Ukrainian Studio. That is what primarily caused the last delay and could be the culprit this time around too.

We will have to wait longer for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 the longer the conflict in Ukraine continues. Although the creators from GSC Game World declared in May that they will resume development on the game and move there, it is unknown how quickly they are presently progressing with their production.

After GSC Game World revealed that it will be publishing the highly anticipated S.T.A.L.K.E.R. successor to the action-adventure franchise, the entire world erupted. After all, around 15 years have passed since the original S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl came out. The fans have been heavily anticipating the game and the delay could be really saddening.

While there has been speculation that the game might even get canceled we don’t reckon that is the case. We already got a gameplay trailer for the game and it looked like a finished product. Unreal Engine 5 is the game engine being used and we know it is stable, so a complete cancellation is possibly off the charts.

Are you a fan of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise? When do you reckon the sequel be released? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Abdullah is an avid gamer who primarily plays single-player titles. If you can't find him anywhere, he'll probably be at his desk playing The Witcher 3 for the millionth time. When he isn't playing games, he's either reading or writing about them.
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