It's been a wild 48 hours for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2. Following news that GSC Game World were implementing NFTs into their upcoming sequel as part of a new "S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Metaverse," that prompted significant backlash, with many existing fans threatening to boycott it.
Having tried to explain their plans in further detail, GSC Game World's made a significant U-turn. Making a new announcement, the team confirmed:
Dear Stalkers, we hear you. Based on feedback we received we've made a decision to cancel anything NFT-related in Stalker 2. The interests of our fans and players are the top priority for the team. We're making this game for you to enjoy - whatever the cost is. If you care, we care too. With love, GSC Game World Team.
Stalker 2 Devs Backtrack Following NFT Backlash
So far, fans have reacted positively to this news, but it highlights a continuing divide between publishers and players over NFTs. They've witnessed intense public opposition over their environmental impact and fraud concerns, and there's already been huge backlash against Ubisoft and Dead by Daylight for similar plans.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl launches for Xbox Series X|S and PC on April 28th, 2022. We'll keep you informed with further news and updates as it happens.