Any hopes of seeing S.T.A.L.K.E.R. before the end of the year have
now vanished as it has been confirmed that the previous delay in
the release date has pushed it back to at least some time in 2006:
two words, to sum up an ICQ chat: when the plot is fully implemented
(it is being completed), the simulation will be finally tuned. This is
what the team is doing right now.
The game will certainly not come out this year.
Look for the beginning of the wide advertising campaign, as it will mean half a year until the release."
You can see the original post over at
Oblivion-Lost.com. It seems like all the promises about the revolutionary AI and environments to explore were harder to fulfil than expected.