Xbox reportedly halts Stalker 2 pre-orders, offers refunds

The world has been awaiting the arrival of Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl with bated breath ever since developer GSC Game World announced it was in development a decade ago. After a somewhat troubled development cycle, things finally seemed to be on track, and Stalker: 2 Heart of Chornobyl was scheduled for release in December 2022. But after Russian mortar attacks on the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv (where the headquarters of GSC Game World) and other wartime events affected the game’s development earlier this year, production on Heart of Chornobyl halted, leaving the game’s release date up in the air — and now pre-orders have reportedly stopped.

According to a report by Polish gaming site XGP, Microsoft has removed the ability to pre-order the game from the Xbox Store and has started refunding players who pre-ordered a copy.

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It’s not uncommon for games with unclear release dates to have pre-orders canceled, and that doesn’t necessarily mean further delays are coming.

Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl is currently scheduled for release on Microsoft Windows and Xbox X|S sometime in 2023, and will be available on Game Pass after launch.

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