S.T.A.L.K.E.R. in 2006?

Oblivion-Lost.com has a story up speculating that the release of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl has slipped until 2006, offering the following quote from THQ responding to questions about the game's absence from their recent financial reports covering releases through the middle of next year: "We have no definitive release date yet for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. We do expect to have some announcements, including a public demonstration this summer. More news to follow." In an amusing side note, the THQ's S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Website (thanks Rhialto) actually lists the game as "now available," much to the amusement of those who frequent the GSC Game World Forums.
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Please, forgive me Father for I am about to sin. I promised never to think, speak, or even type the dreaded "D" word again... oh, to hell with it! Blame it on Beelzebub!

I am trying to remember... besides DNF (before it totally dropping off the radar) and Diakatana, has any other game ever slipped this many times? And if so was it even worth buying when it finally released? None that I can remember.

We all know Diakatan sold approximately 150 copies and those were ION employees who where forced to purchase copies or become John Romero's bitch.

http://www.onlineconfessional.com/html/humor/Diakatana.html

http://rome.ro/games_daikatana.htm

My point is... even if they can pull off a finished product it will never live up to the hype and features list they created over two years ago. If I remember right (and correct me if I am wrong) they originally claimed Stalker: Oblivion Lost to be a Fall 2003 release.

Then the first slip to spring, then summer, then fall.. then 2005. All along the way features were dropping and hype was created... and even if it was fansite hype it still was marketing over-kill. They need to go under ground with it like DNF. And hope the backlash subsides before release day 2006.

There may be a few dozen people besides the suits and the developers that want to see the full glory of Stalker released more then I do... but in the end I think we will all be disappointed.

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