Fans will have to wait several more months than expected to get their hands on the latest game in the series. Developer GSC Game World has pushed back S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl which was scheduled to release April 28 through December 8.
“These additional seven months of development are necessary to realize our vision and achieve the desired state of the game,” GSC Game World wrote in a statement. “S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is the largest project in GSC history and it requires extensive testing and polishing.” Maybe it takes a little longer to get the characters teeth right.
The studio noted that while the decision to delay the survival horror game was not an easy one, it believes that “development should take as long as needed, especially with such a project.” He plans to provide more details on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 in the coming months.
The first-person shooter, which will be the series’ first entry since 2009, will initially be available on Xbox Series X / S and PC — it will debut on Xbox Game Pass. Reports suggest Microsoft has a three-month exclusivity window for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2.
GSC Game World was recently criticized for its plans to include NFTs (non-fungible tokens) in the game. A day later, the studio said it would “roll back everything related to NFT in STALKER 2” at the following a major backlash.