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STALKER 2’s development offices are damaged in a fire, but the team vows to keep it going

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The development team at GSC Game World suffered another major problem while trying to complete the long-awaited post-apocalypse FPS sequel STALKER 2: The Heart of Chernobyl. The building that houses the team’s offices in Prague, Czech Republic was badly damaged in a fire this week.

as per vortex (Through PC gamer), the fire severely damaged one of the three floors of the building that GSC Game World occupied. The team moved into the building after leaving their native Ukraine following the Russian invasion in 2022.

The damage to the floor was confirmed by GSC’s director of business development, Olga Ryzhko, who told the Vortex:

Fortunately, none of the staff or office workers were injured, which is a great relief. . . Although the fire was extinguished, one of the offices now requires full restoration. More details about the accident are still being investigated.

PC Gamer reports that another member of the development team, “Mol1t,” posted a message about the fire on The game’s official Discord channel:

We express our deep appreciation for your questions and the words of support we received. No deviation, not even a “burner”, will make us stop in pursuit of our ultimate goal. We’ve dealt with worse than this before. It’s OK.

The apparent failure comes just a few weeks after GSC Game World finally let the public play a demo of STALKER 2 At Microsoft’s Xbox booth during Gamescom 2023 in Cologne, Germany. The developer also announced a new release date timeframe of the first quarter of 2024. The game will launch on PC and will be a timed console exclusive for the Xbox Series S and X.

We are certainly glad that no one was hurt during this incident, and that is the most important thing. Hopefully this fire won’t delay the game’s release further, but even if it does, launching a game isn’t nearly as important as keeping people safe.

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