GSC Game World allegedly resumed work on the development of the game S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine forced the studio to suspend work. On March 2, a Kyiv-based developer announced it was suspending development to help its employees and their families survive the conflict.
According to the information of the Czech media, the same month the studio moved the office to Prague. However, there is no evidence that Ukrainian employees moved there, as according to martial Law, Ukrainian men between the ages of 18 and 60 cannot leave the country, with a few exceptions.
The resumption of the game became known from the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 community in Discord, reports Engadget. Asked by a community member if development had resumed, a GSC Game World staff member wrote that “it is ongoing.” The studio itself has not yet officially commented on this information.
After a delay at the beginning of the year, GSC Game World has stated that it will release S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl December 8. The announcement was circulated even before Russia’s invasion changed the studio’s plans and forced it to suspend development. The new release date is not yet known. With the start of the war, the studio also changed the name of the game, instead of the Russian spelling Chernobyl Ukrainian Chornobyl is now used.