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STALKER 2 on Hold, Developer Confirms

GSC Game World, based in Ukraine, suddenly has more to worry about than developing STALKER 2.
GSC Game World, based in Ukraine, suddenly has more to worry about than developing STALKER 2. / Photo courtesy of GSC Game World

STALKER 2 developer GSC Game World has confirmed work on the game has paused as Russian forces advance toward Kyiv, Ukraine's capital, and the location of the studio's headquarters.

In response to fan concern about the wellbeing of employees at the studio, GSC Game World released a video update full of footage showing the damage caused by Russia's war efforts, including buildings leveled and burning.

"This video is our answer to 'How are you guys?' question," reads a caption in the video.

"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," the studio wrote. "After the victory. Glory to Ukraine."

STALKER 2 had been scheduled for release in December, when it would have arrived on PC and Xbox Series X|S. No new date has yet been set.

GSC Game World is one of several game companies with offices in Ukraine, some of which have made efforts to move their employees out of the region as fighting continues. Other games companies not based in Ukraine have pledged support to humanitarian efforts in the country, and CD Projekt Group announced Thursday it would halt sales of its games in Russia and Belarus in protest of the war.