Release STALKER 2 will definitely not take place in 2023, while it is unlikely that the game will be released even in 2024 or 2025. This was announced by the editor-in-chief of iXBT Games Vitaly Kazunov, citing his own sources.
According to an insider, GSC Game World still does not have any working game – the project is in the process of “permanent repairs”. The fact is that many employees who worked on STALKER 2 from the very beginning left the company about six months ago, along with ideas about how the result of their work on a certain location or other parts of the shooter should look like. At the same time, the management did not keep full records, which is why new employees, when they come to GSC Game World, are forced to redo work from scratch or make significant changes. The company also has a high turnover of staff, which exacerbates the described problems even more.
According to official information, the release of STALKER 2 is scheduled for 2023. On September 7, it became known that the publisher began to cancel pre-orders for the game. After that, there were rumors about another transfer of the title, but the GSC Game World studio denied this information.