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Final Phase of Stalker 2 in Progress: Hints for Release Date

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By Jaden Francis - - 5 Mins Read
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SC Game World has announced the final phase of development for Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl, providing eager fans with an anticipated release window of Q1 2024.


The announcement was made alongside releasing a new trailer, the "Strider Trailer," featuring the game's main character.


While a specific date is yet to be disclosed, speculation hints at a possible reveal during The Game Awards 2023, slated to air on December 7.

The Long-Awaited Arrival

Yevhen Grygorovych, CEO of GSC Game World, shed light on the extensive journey of Stalker 2's gameplay creation during the PC Gaming Show.


"This game stands as the biggest and most complex game in our lives. It was ambitious from the beginning but evolved into an ultimate challenge," he said.


Grygorovych highlighted the game's significance and its development despite incredibly stressful conditions.


Initially scheduled for a 2022 release, Stalker 2 gameplay encountered multiple setbacks, primarily due to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, which disrupted GSC Game World's operations.


Additionally, the studio faced cyber threats, including email hacks and cybersecurity breaches, further hindering the game's progress.

Anticipation Builds Amidst Challenges

Despite these challenges, Stalker 2 will be among the games launching in Q1 2024 for both PC and Xbox Series X|S. The game will be available on Game Pass at launch, with an Xbox exclusivity period of three months. Game lovers can see what's to come by watching GameSpot's Stalker 2 preview.


The game's journey hasn't been without trials. GSC Game World had to contend with the repercussions of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, prompting the studio to relocate to Prague for safety concerns.


Moreover, the decision to merge non-fungible tokens (NFTs) into the game was abandoned following a notable backlash from fans in December 2021.

Trials and Triumphs in Development

Initially projecting a seven-month extension for development in January 2022, Stalker 2 faced further obstacles.


In March of the same year, the studio encountered a data breach planned out by Russian hackers, followed by a fire incident in September at their Prague office, fortunately resulting in no casualties.


Acknowledging the game beyond mere entertainment, Grygorovych emphasized its representation of Ukraine's resilience amidst adversity.


Stalker 2's recognition as the Most Wanted upcoming game in PC Gaming Shows its widespread anticipation among industry professionals.


Watch the Stalker 2 Triller here


Technical Requirements and Availability

For game lovers eager to dive into Stalker 2, the recommended system requirements include high-end processors like the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X or Intel Core i7-9700K, along with graphics capabilities such as the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB / Nvidia RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB / Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti 11GB or higher.


The game also demands 150 GB of SSD space. It is set to be available on platforms like Steam, the Epic Games Store, and PC Game Pass.


As we anticipate the Stalker 2 release date, fans await with anxious breath for further updates and the final unveiling of the exact launch date.


The game's hectic journey reveals its technological prowess and the team's resilience behind its creation, making it one of the most anticipated releases of the upcoming year.