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GSC Game World resumes Stalker 2 development

"It continues."

Ukraine-based studio GSC Game World has reportedly confirmed that development on Stalker 2 "continues".

Development of Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl was paused back in March as the company is based in Kyiv, Ukraine's capital, which has been repeatedly targeted during the ongoing Russian invasion. It's since relocated to Prague whilst the war persists.

Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl gameplay trailer.

As spotted by polish site GRYonline.pl, (via VGC) however, the studio is now back at work, having confirming to fans on its Discord community that "it continues" development.

GSC Game World had its website blocked by the Russian government last month. The Stalker 2 website, unsurprisingly, includes a message of support for Ukraine. The developer has also called for an end to Russia's brutal invasion of its home country, as it struggles to continue development while the country has been under attack.

Earlier this month, Stalker fans noted that the game's name had been subtly changed to reflect the local Ukrainian spelling of Chornobyl, rather than its original Romanised Russian spelling of Chernobyl. The change followed a video update from GSC on its moves to protect employees and families in Kyiv as the Russian invasion began.

Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl was previously set to launch at the end of 2022 for PC and Xbox Series X/S.

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When​ ​her friends​ ​were falling in love with soap stars, Vikki was falling in love with​ ​video games. She's a survival horror survivalist​ ​with a penchant for​ ​Yorkshire Tea, men dressed up as doctors and sweary words. She struggles to juggle a fair-to-middling Destiny/Halo addiction​ ​and her kill/death ratio is terrible.


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