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Jun 14, 2022

“Enter the Zone” in 2023, when GSC Game World releases S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl, made in Ukraine during hardship and war

From Press Release:

KYIV, UKRAINE  14, June 2022 – The life of our studio changed dramatically on February, 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine.

Over the previous months, we had to relocate from Kyiv to find new ways of continuing development and saving our lives and work. Our Ukrainian office is currently on hold, with employees working remotely from different regions of the country. Some of them are personally defending our country in the ranks of the army. The second office in Prague, Czech Republic was opened for those able to escape.

During all this time, we’ve been supporting Ukraine in all the ways we could — not to mention constant volunteering and donations GSC provides on a regular basis.

We decided to abandon a dedicated Russian voice-over and closed sales of all GSC games in Russia and Belarus (both physical and digital copies of the game), changed the subtitle to resemble the Ukrainian spelling, and left the donation requisites on our website for those willing to support Ukraine. We held a charity sale of our games at the beginning of April and were able to raise around $800K on all platforms. All of this money is intended for the proven charity funds across our homeland to support the country during one of the most difficult periods in its history.

For those willing to do the same all over the world, we recommend following a link to the official charity fund of Mr. Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the President of Ukraine himself:

We’ve prepared this dev diary to share a fraction of our story. That’s the reality GSC Game World is currently facing.

In spite of everything, the development continues. But the dramatic events could not but influence the plans we initially had. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl now releases in 2023 on Xbox Series X/S and PC.

In this in-game intro section, you can witness our new hero approaching the Zone.


Despite the ongoing tragedy and personal losses during the period of the frightening uncertainty in our lives, the will of the team to deliver a truly remarkable game is as high as ever. We aim to show the world Ukraine can stand strong not just on the battlefield, but as a part of distinctive and memorable world culture.

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