S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl, is an upcoming first-person shooter survival horror video game developed and published by Ukrainian game developer GSC Game World. Set to release for Microsoft Windows and the Xbox Series X/S, it will be the fourth game released in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. video game series, the first game in the series released on consoles, as well as the first S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game in 13 years since the release of Call of Pripyat in 2009.
Initially announced following the release of Call of Pripyat, it was planned release in 2012, before it was ultimately cancelled on the year of its intended release. The game resurfaced years later in 2018, with the development restarted and powered by Unreal Engine 5.It was scheduled to release on December 8, 2022, but due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, development for the game has been put on indefinite hold
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 was initially announced in 2010, with a release date set in 2012, by Sergiy Grygorovych, CEO of GSC Game World, stating “After the official sales of the series exceeded 4 million copies worldwide, we had no doubts left to start creating a new big game in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. universe. This will be the next chapter of the mega-popular game players expect from us.” The development of the game was ambitious; it was stated that the game would feature an all-new multiplatform engine, made from scratch to fit S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2.
During development, numerous layoffs and overall attrition through the development of the game had shrunk GSC’s employee count by 75%. Two years in, Grygorovych had announced the immediate cessation of all development due to “personal reasons”, likely as a result of financial difficulty.GSC Game World was officially dissolved on December 9, 2011.The official Twitter account posted “We will do our best to continue. However, at this moment, nothing is certain.”After several months of uncertainty,an update was posted that the development would continue after the holidays, although it would require funding. , the cancellation of this build of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 had been formally announced in April 2012 on the company’s Facebook page,officially stated to have resulted from dispute between investors, staff, and the original IP rights owner.