Thankfully, There Has Been No Mention of NFTs
Stalker 2: Heart of Chernobyl, an addition to the Stalker series, has been delayed from its initial release in April to December of 2022. The survival horror first shooter, set to come out on the PC and Xbox series X|S, cites that it has a very good reason for the over six months (technically, seven months) delay.
“These additional seven months of development are needed to fulfill our vision and achieve the desired state of the game,” said GSC Game World, the developer, and publisher of Stalker 2, in a statement. “Stalker 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.”
This statement was released on Twitter earlier today, printed on paper which was then photographed. Which seems pretty fitting for the game format. But as for getting a teaser or for the possible other reason for the Stalker 2 delays, well…
— S.T.A.L.K.E.R. OFFICIAL (@stalker_thegame) January 12, 2022
It is possible that there has been some need to delay in the need to scrap the possible NFTs. When they were originally announced, there was a huge fan backlash, causing GSC to backtrack and decide not to add it to the game, much to everyone’s relief. So that could be a possibility. Or, it could be that there was a greater need for QA and glitch polishing, as they did not want to follow the footsteps of certain games in the past years, where coming out too soon meant glitchy and buggy games and angry fans- and even lawsuits.
However, we have not gotten any new teasers, nor even a photo with the announcement of the game delay. There may be more in the upcoming months, as there has been the promise of “more information, updates, and showcases” about the game.
Fingers crossed that this means with the delay, Stalker 2 will be a more playable, and enjoyable, experience because of it.