After pausing development due to the war in Ukraine, STALKER 2 now appears to be set for a 2023 release.
Following today’s Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase, Xbox tweeted a graphic with images of its upcoming games. You’ll notice STALKER 2 is listed under the 2023 side of the graphic, seemingly confirming that the game has been delayed again. However, it seems the game is targeting the first half of 2023, as Xbox notes that all games listed in the image are targeting to release over the next 12 months.
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— Xbox (@Xbox) June 12, 2022
Earlier this year, STALKER 2 was pushed back from April 2022 to December 2022. At the time, GSC Game World said the delay would help the team “fulfill our vision and achieve the desired state of the game.”
Shortly after this announcement, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine paused development for the Kyiv-based developer. At the time, GSC Game World said “game development shifted to the side-lines” and would continue “after the victory.”
Then, just last month, reports emerged saying the developer had resumed work on the game, with rumors saying some of the developers had relocated. Since the development pause, this is the first we’ve heard of a new release window for STALKER 2.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.