GSC Game World appears to have resumed development on Stalker 2, following Russia’s invasion of its home country Ukraine.
In March, GSC Game World announced that the development of the shooter had been put on hold due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. It was reported later in March that the development team was moving from Kyiv to Prague.
Now, speaking on the game’s official Discord channel (as spotted by Polish site GRYOnline), one of the company’s developers responded to a fan asking if development had resumed by saying: “It continues”.
Stalker 2 was officially due for release in December, however, due to the current war in Ukraine, development on the project has understandably stalled.
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GSC Game World posted a video on its YouTube channel in early March in which it confirmed that the development of Stalker 2 had been put on hold as it dealt with the ongoing Russian invasion of its home country.
“On the 24th of February, Russia declared war on Ukraine and sent rockets, tanks and soldiers to our homeland,” it said. “Our country is forced to fight for existence again. Seems like this is the price of freedom.”
Showing footage of explosions in various areas of Ukraine, the video added: “This video is our answer to [the] ‘how are you guys?’ question. Now we are striving to help our employees and their families to survive. The game development shifted to the sidelines. But we will definitely continue. After the victory. Glory to Ukraine.”
Earlier this year, the official website for Stalker 2 was blocked in Russia at the request of the Russian government.