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GSC Game World Delays S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl in Final Release Date Announcement Trailer

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl has been in development for quite some time now, and GSC Game World has delayed its release once again with a new trailer, now dubbed the "Final Release Date Announcement". What was set to release on the 30th of March 2024 has not seen a substantial delay following some feedback.

On a lengthy post sent out on the official @stalker_thegame X account, the team shared the reason for yet another delay, though if we've learned anything from 2023, it's that studios should feel free to delay as much as needed, lest we get another year of disastrous releases. After heading to Gamescom 2023 and thousands of players trying out the game, GSC Game World says that though they received a lot of positive feedback, there was a substantial amount of negative feedback, too, that they wanted to address. Namely, technical difficulties.

The second one was: the gear in the backpack should be checked one more time to be completely sure it will not fail us in the most needed moment. On the technical side of things — the game needs more time.

This delay comes as a surprise, being the first post by the team since the start of 2024. While they were dedicated to releasing in Q1 2024 in order to ensure the satisfaction of the community, they thought it would be best to delay the release for a few months. As such, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl now faces a Q3 2024 release date, with the official date being the 5th of September 2024.

This is a heartbreaking delay for thousands of players worldwide, seeing as so many can't wait to jump back into the Zone and explore the open-world post-apocalyptic setting — S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl currently sits at the #7 most-wishlisted game on Steam, but there has been a lot of genuine support in the post and official YouTube video for the team. We're hopeful and glad that GSC Game World is taking the time to polish the experience so that we may see fewer unfinished products released in 2024. The is an excellent start to the year, even if a new delay for this highly anticipated title is harsh news to swallow.

Expect S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl to release on the 5th of September 2024.

Artura Dawn

Artura Dawn

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