STALKER 2 “Shifted to the Sidelines” Until “After the Victory” Says Ukrainian Developer

Nathan Birch

Last week, Russian shocked the world when it launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, prompting impassioned responses from around the world, including the gaming industry. One of the first companies to respond was Kyiv-based STALKER 2 developer GSC Game World (you can read their initial statement here) and now they’ve provided an update. Understandably, GSC Game World has confirmed that development of STALKER 2 has “shifted to the sidelines” as the company focuses on the safety and survival of its employees and their families.

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The previous week, we were editing the video about our motion capture studio. We wanted to show how our cutscenes were created. [We took the] time to watch videos, write scripts, and speak with actors. The previous week was ages ago.

On the 24th of February, Russia declared war on Ukraine and sent rockets, tanks, and soldiers to our homeland. Our country is forced to fight for existence again. Seems like this is the price of freedom. This video is our answer to [the] "How are you guys?" question. Now we are striving to help our employees and their families survive. The game development has shifted to the sidelines, but we will definitely continue... after the victory. Glory to Ukraine.

Here’s hoping GSC Game World will be at a place where they can continue the development of STALKER 2 soon. Not that a video game matters that much in the big picture right now, but a return to relative normalcy for GSC can only be a good thing. We here at Wccftech hope for a peaceful resolution to the conflict and the safety of all Ukrainian citizens.

STALKER 2 is coming to PC and Xbox Series X/S. The game is currently slated for a December 8 release, but it seems unlikely that milestone will be hit at this point.

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