STALKER 2 will transport players back to the Zone’s radioactive wasteland, so here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming title, including release date, trailer and platforms.
For those who haven’t heard of the STALKER series, the game’s plot involves the infamous 1986 Chernobyl disaster, where on April 26th the nuclear reactor near Pripyat in Ukraine melted down, becoming one of the worst nuclear disasters in human history.
In the alternate timeline of STALKER, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, commonly known as “The Zone”, experienced another explosion 20 years later in 2006 – just before the original game came out in 2007 – after scientists set up a workshop to troubleshoot the anomalies investigate and other phenomena surrounding the disaster.
This not-so-deserted nuclear wasteland left after these events forms the backdrop for STALKER 2. The zone looks more beautiful, deadlier and deceptively desolate than ever, so here’s everything you need to know, from release date to platforms and trailers .
STALKER 2 was originally scheduled for release on April 28, 2022, but was pushed back to December 8, 2022. Now the title has been postponed indefinitely due to disruptions from world events, but is still in development.
The developers confirmed the news on Twitter, stating that the game needed more time to live up to the standard. Here’s the full tweet below:
— STALKER OFFICIAL (@stalker_thegame) January 12, 2022
While this will certainly be disappointing for fans of the series, others may concede that a delay is often preferable to an incomplete game at launch.
In March 2022, GSC Game World, the game’s Kyiv-based developers, said that work on STALKER 2 had been “put on the sidelines” due to world events. However, in a May 2022 Discord chat, the team confirmed that work on STALKER 2 is now “ongoing” in response to a question from a fan.
STALKER 2 platforms
STALKER 2 will be available personal computer via Steam and the Epic Games Store and the Xbox X|S. As an added bonus, it will be available on the Xbox Game Pass on release, meaning you can play on release as long as you have a subscription.
Unfortunately for PlayStation gamers, the title won’t be coming to Playstation 5 upon release, and there’s no indication of when (or if) it will be coming to Sony’s iconic platform.
The first official trailer for STALKER 2 was released on July 23rd, 2020 and gave us an early glimpse of the updated version of CSG Game World’s horror and mystery zone, but not much else.
Various snaps of some of Chernobyl’s most famous landmarks are scattered across the dusty camera lens, including the infamous Ferris wheel that serves as the harrowing monument to Pripyat’s amusement park in STALKER, and real life.
On the more fantastical side, we see that the surrounding area is littered with strange-looking physical disturbances known as anomalies, and we get a glimpse of one of the mostly-abandoned, underground facilities scattered about the zone.
During the E3 2021 Xbox presentation, we got our best look at STALKER 2 yet, and boy does it look like it Well. The trailer starts off as it should, with us sitting around the campfire and trading stories with our fellow stalkers after another tough day in the Zone.
Through these flashbacks, we get a glimpse of the combat system, some loot, and even a few of the characters we’ll meet throughout the game. However, it wouldn’t be a STALKER game without mutants, and we won’t spoil anything directly, but be ready to look at these monstrosities better than ever.
First, GSC Game World announced that a number of NFTs (non-fungible tokens) would accompany the game’s release. Hoping to create a “Stalker Metaverse”, several NPCs and cosmetics should be locked behind the premium currency barrier.
After the immediate outcry over the decision, GSC quickly scrapped the NFT idea, writing, “Based on the feedback we’ve received, we’ve made the decision to retire everything NFT-related in Stalker 2. The interest of our fans and players is the top priority for the team. We make this game so you can enjoy it no matter what the cost. If you are interested, we will also take care of it.”
— STALKER OFFICIAL (@stalker_thegame) December 16, 2021
What is STALKER 2 about?
While we got a better look than ever into the sequel during E3 2021, we didn’t catch too much story-wise, but we still know a few things. One piece of information we know for sure is that the player character appears to be a mysterious new stalker named “Skif”.
There’s also a shot on a rooftop overlooking Pripyat that introduces an unnamed character in black who looks like he just stepped out of one Hideo Kojima game. Whether this character is an ally, an enemy, or a bit of both remains to be seen. One other thing we know for sure: there was no sign of our old friend Sidorovich.
New characters aside, it wouldn’t surprise us to see factions like Duty, Freedon, Clear Sky, and the Bandits return from the first game. Given that it’s the zone, it’s safe to assume the military won’t be far away either.
More details on the story of STALKER 2 are sure to emerge as we get closer to April 2022, so be sure to check back for the latest information.
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