Ukrainian GSC Game World confirmed that due to the invasion of Russian troops it cannot develop STALKER 2. The developers want to work on production and it is very possible that their entire studio will be moved to the Czech Republic. The creators are considering this move in order to be able to finish the work on the game.
STALKER 2 was due to debut in April, but the developers mentioned a few weeks ago that they need more time to fine-tune the game . Then the troops of Vladimir Putin entered Ukraine, and developers confirmed that they could not work on the title .
However, the situation may change quickly – the Czech portal Vortex confirmed that yesterday there are reports about the move of GSC Game World from Ukraine to the Czech Republic. The situation is interesting as apparently there is more cooperation involved, as the Association of Czech Game Developers has taken an interest in the whole project.
The president of the association confirmed that there are ongoing relocation negotiations:
“I can confirm that Studio GSC approached the Association at the beginning of last week with the information that it is looking at the Czech Republic and the surrounding countries. They needed us to help with legal and employment issues, “Pavel Barák told Vortex.”
CzechInvest, the business and investment promotion agency, is also involved in the negotiations, and can help GSC Game World create a new studio in the Czech Republic.
Vortex editors confirmed that the creators of STALKER also talked to representatives of the Czech Ashborne Games about the move to the Czech Republic. Jan Kavan from CBE Software was even a liaison between the developers and the Czech games industry to help the team develop production in the Czech Republic.
The final details have not been confirmed at the moment, but you can see that the Czechs want to help GSC Game World.