Stalker 2 Developer GSC Game World has denied the game suffered any further delays after pre-order customers noticed Xbox was issuing refunds.
As spotted by VGC (via XGP) last weekfans who pre-ordered Stalker 2 received notices that their orders had been cancelled. According to the notice, the reason for the cancellations was that the ongoing invasion of Ukraine meant the game would now be released at an “unconfirmed date in the future”. Xbox has also disabled the ability to submit further pre-orders through its online store.
Given the time it took to get Stalker 2 even as a release date approached, fans were understandably worried. The game had already been delayed once due to Vladimir Putin’s brutal and illegal invasion of Ukraine, where the studio was based. Another delay would be understandable, but painful. However, according to GSC Game World, now operates from Prague, cancellations are not to be feared. The launch of the game is still scheduled for 2023 and production continues to move forward. Pre-order cancellations only affect the Xbox Store and are issued under Xbox policy. Those who have pre-orders on Steam, Epic or GOG will find that their pre-orders are still in place unless they want to cancel them directly.
“We had to postpone the game to 2023 with no exact release date yet,” said a GSC spokesperson. who spoke with PC Gamer. “We made the announcement during the E3 Microsoft Extended show alongside the Dev Diary and intro cinematic.
“Microsoft is refunding pre-orders for games without an exact release date. When we announce the exact release date later, pre-orders will be available again for Xbox. Pre-orders on PC (Steam, EGS, GOG) are not affected by that.
So breathe a sigh of relief, Stalker 2 Fans. Despite the march of time and even the worst warlike impulses of humanity itself, it seems GSC is determined to ship this game one way or another. Good luck to them. We will wait.