A trailer for Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl was presented on Tuesday during Microsoft’s Xbox Games Showcase Extended stream and, with it, new hope for the fans of this games series.
And no, Chornobyl is not a typo.
GSC Game World, the developer of Stalker 2, planned to launch the game by the end of this year but the war in Ukraine forced them to put development on pause.
The company closed its operations in Russia in March and started moving to Prague.
Now, with employees relocating in Prague, Stalker 2 is back on track and aiming to release next year, in 2023.
To pay homage to Ukraine and be accurate of how local Ukrainians spelled the city in which the 1986 nuclear disaster took place, the game’s subtitle was changed from “Heart of Chernobyl” to “Chornobyl”.
The new 2023 release date was supposed to be announced by GSC Games this month but the Xbox and Bethesda showcase revealed it a little early.
To make sure it’s accurate, PCGamer reached out to GSCGame World, who confirmed the update.
“It happened a little bit earlier than expected, we were actually planning to reveal it in the upcoming days. But yes, the game now releases in 2023,” responded Zakhar Bocharov, a GSC representative.