STALKER 2 cancels NFT plans following backlash from players
Earlier this week, GSC Game World announced plans to add NFTs (non-fungible tokens) to STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl. However, after a strong backlash from fans, the developer has now chosen to remove everything NFT-related from the game. The official Twitter account issued a statement earlier today attempting to justify the use of NFTs, but the Tweet drew a lot of backlash and was quickly deleted. The developer then released a second Tweet, announcing that the feature would be completely removed from tracker 2. The full statement can be found below:
We hear you.
Based on the feedback we have received, we have made the decision to cancel everything related to the NFT in STALKER 2.
The interests of our fans and players are the top priority of the team. We create this game for you to enjoy, regardless of the cost. If you care, we care too.
GSC World Gaming Team.
So far, the response to the new statement has been overwhelmingly positive! Most fans on social media seem to be happy with the developer’s decision to change course. While many video game developers and publishers are starting to look into NFTs, they remain very controversial for several reasons. It is not known whether the decision to remove the functionality of tracker 2 might convince other developers to change their plans, but it’s clear a lot of gamers aren’t thrilled that the concept is being incorporated into the games. Fans have been waiting for this sequel for a very long time; Hopefully GSC Game World’s willingness to listen to its fans bodes well for Heart of Chernobyl!
STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl is slated for release next year on PC and Xbox Series X | S. Readers can check out all of our previous coverage of the game here.
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