The company also appears to have removed the ability to place new Stalker 2 pre-orders via the Microsoft Store.
Stalker 2 Dev Diary: Game Development During the War
VGC has contacted Microsoft for comment on this report.
If these claims are accurate, the news isn’t entirely surprising given the circumstances surrounding Stalker 2’s development.
The game is being developed by Ukrainian studio GSC Game World. The company, which was based in Kiev prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, has since partially relocated to the Czech Republic.
Not all of its staff have been able to leave Ukraine, however, with a number of developers continuing to work on the game from the war-torn country, where their lives have been turned upside down.
Other GSC Game World staff have joined volunteering efforts in Ukraine or the country’s armed forces, including several employees featured in a development diary released in June (viewable above), which showed how the war has impacted the team and its work.