STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl has been delayed to Dec. 8, 2022, developer GSC Game World announced Wednesday. It was previously expected April 28.
GSC Game World said the decision to delay STALKER 2 was a difficult one, but that it was necessary to deliver a game that can "live up to the expectations."
"These additional seven months of development are needed to fulfill our vision and achieve the desired state of the game. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is the biggest project in the history of GSC, and it requires thorough testing and polishing. We are convinced that development should take as long as necessary, especially in the case of such a project," GSC wrote.
STALKER 2 was first announced in 2012 only to be canceled later on. GSC revived the project in 2018, when it named 2022 as its aim for release. The original STALKER games were released in the late 2000s, and remain cult classics of the hardcore survival shooter genre.
GSC courted controversy last month when it announced plans to mint non-fungible tokens (NFTs) related to the game. An outpouring of negative feedback led the development team to cancel all its NFT plans just days after their announcement.
GSC says more information about the long-awaited sequel is coming later this year.
"With more information, updates and showcases coming, we have an exciting and important year ahead," the studio wrote in its delay announcement. "Thank you for your patience and understanding."