They are informing consumers who have canceled their pre-orders that the game will be indefinitely delayed to an “unconfirmed future date”.
stalker 2 has had a difficult development history that could truly match Duke Nukem Forever‘s story in its complicated twists and turns and many false starts.
GSC Games World had originally announced the title in 2010, following the immediate success of its predecessor, Stalker: Call of Pripyat. Although they had hoped to release the game by 2012, the company faced serious financial difficulties a year later. GSC would start firing and losing employees to such an extent that they were reduced by 75%. In 2012, Sergiy Grygorovych, CEO of GSC Games, announced that they would immediately cease all development due to “personal reasons”. A few months later, GSC employees said they had resumed work but were seeking funding. They formally canceled the game in April 2012 due to a dispute between the owner, the staff and the original IP holder of the GSC.
In 2015, GSC Games World came back seemingly out of nowhere, this time led by founder Sergiy Grygorovych’s brother, Evgeniy Grygorovych. They successfully launched their comeback in the industry by releasing a sequel to one of their other franchises, the historic RTS Cossack 3.
In 2018, the company posted hints on their website which they have now started working on again stalker 2, and they would use Unreal 4 to bring it up to date with new platforms. In 2021, they secured a backer in no less than Microsoft, also announcing that they had upgraded to Unreal 5 and giving a release date of April 28, 2022.