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STALKER 2 Devs Change Subtitle, Get Rid of Russian Spelling

In connection with the ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine, GSC Game World decided to make a symbolic gesture by changing the subtitle of STALKER 2 so that the spelling corresponds to the Ukrainian language.

Today marks 19 days since Russian troops entered Ukraine, leading to a tragic war in the heart of Europe. Among the reactions, comments and actions to help those affected, there was also action from the video game industry.

A gesture worth noting is today's decision of GSC Game World to introduce a small change in the subtitle of STALKER 2. Let us add that the developer, based in Kiev, has recently informed about suspension of work on this project due to the war. Fortunately, according to team members, work will restart as soon as the situation allows it and everyone is safe.

The devil is in the details

So far, on the game's card on Steam we could read the English-language title STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl, but it was changed - now the subtitle reads Heart of Chornobyl.

Source : Steam

Source: Steam DB

  • Why does changing one letter in the subtitle matter? While no official explanation was given, this correction most likely relates to differences between Russian and Ukrainian spellings.
  • "Chernobyl" is a transliteration from Russian, while "Chornobyl" is the Ukrainian version.
  • In light of Vladimir Putin's military aggression against the country, it probably goes without saying which spelling seems more appropriate.

Michal Ciezadlik

Michal Ciezadlik

A semi-pro musician whose passion began in childhood and lives on to this day. When he was a kid, he thought he would become a rock star (and to this day still has a little hope that this will come true). He played in several bands during his high school and college years, but was not successful with any of them, however, he makes his living in part from music – unfortunately, playing pot-boiler kind of music at weddings. He is studying journalism and took his first steps in radio, but he did not stay there long, preferring to look for something else. He took on various jobs, often completely unrelated to his profession; for several years, he even was a bartender. He came Gamepressure in December 2020 and has been a loyal padawan of the Newsroom ever since, although he also worked with Friendly Fire, where he was in charge of its TikTok.


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