As the war in Ukraine continues to rage, the studio behind the highly anticipated FPS S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 has announced that it will be moving its offices to finish development.
GSC Game World, based in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, had announced in early March that it would stop production altogether.
It’s an understatement to say that the development of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is as post-apocalyptic as the universe it depicts. GSC Game World had already postponed its next game to December 8, 2022 and had very briefly toyed with the idea of integrating NFT, before retracting the idea in the face of fans’ anger. The war in Ukraine has been the hardest blow of all for the Ukrainian video game industry.
According to Czech journalist Pavel Dobrovsky, GSC intends to keep its employees safe by leaving Ukraine to move its premises to Prague in order to finish its highly anticipated game. A report corroborated by the Czech website Vortex, confirms that the Ukrainian studio has applied for a permit to move its premises to the capital of the Czech Republic.
Část ukrajinského studia GSC Game World (pracují na Stalker 2) se přesunuje do Prahy.— Pavel Dobrovsky (@ashnobe) March 21, 2022
Given the extremely tense situation in Ukraine, GSC has not yet officially confirmed the news, but will no doubt do so once it is safe. Still, the recent events may affect the release of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, which has been announced until further notice on December 8 on PC and Xbox Series X|S.
Above all, we hope that this terrible conflict will soon find a peaceful resolution and that the people affected by this war will find their way back to safety.
Source: Pavel Dobrovsky