After various false begins, Stalker 2 is formally on the best way. The long-awaited follow-up to the dearly beloved (but deeply flawed) Stalker collection will return gamers to The Zone, a closely contaminated and very harmful space surrounding the Chernobyl Nuclear Energy Plant.
The primary-person survival shooter collection is understood for its bleak ambiance, terrifying monsters and mutants, and very unforgiving fight. Followers (together with myself) have been ready for a decade for the sequel that was initially introduced in 2010.
Here is every part we learn about Stalker 2.
What’s Stalker 2’s launch date?
We do not know Stalker 2’s launch date but—again in 2018, GSC Sport World hinted it could be out in 2021, however we do not know if that is nonetheless the plan. The official website at the moment states “We aren’t able to disclose the discharge date simply but.”
GSC has stated work is “progressing easily”, however we do not know when Stalker 2 is popping out. 2021? 2022? Later? It is all guesswork at this level.
Will Stalker 2 be on PC?
Sure! The Stalker collection has all the time been on PC, however Stalker 2 can also be a “console launch unique” on Xbox. That is a complicated phrase, however it doesn’t suggest PC gamers must wait. It simply means PlayStation homeowners will probably be out of luck. Stalker 2’s official website states the PC model will launch concurrently with the Xbox model.
Watch the Stalker 2 trailers
The primary was a teaser that “demonstrates the extent of graphics and ambiance we’re aiming to attain on launch,” in accordance with GSC Sport World. Which sounds prefer it’s not really taken from the sport itself, which is being developed within the Unreal Engine.
But it surely undoubtedly captures the temper or the unique video games (bleak af), and reveals off a number of anomalies, the corrupted areas the place the legal guidelines of physics have been dangerously twisted and helpful artifacts will be discovered. It’s also possible to catch a glimpse of Stalker’s scary mutated canines operating in a pack at one level.
And, after all, a number of Stalkers sitting round a fireplace whereas somebody performs the guitar. By no means change, Stalker.
An in-engine teaser adopted, which continues to be not gameplay. It does present a first-person view of a personality exploring an deserted constructing, then pulling out what’s presumably some sort of high-tech anomaly detector, after which watching objects levitate. Which is sort of a low-tech anomaly detector.
Accompanying that teaser is an outline that explains we’re seeing issues from the POV of Skif, the protagonist of Stalker 2. He is in a ruined elementary college on the outskirts of Pripyat to take cowl from an emission, one of many common vitality blasts radiating from the centre of the Zone which have penalties for anybody caught open air after they go off. (The results are loss of life.)
A developer diary in March gave us an uninspiring have a look at a few of the weapons we’ll be utilizing, and a few of the faces we might be utilizing them on. The video went in onerous on the enamel of these characters for some cause, ensuring we all know that each NPC within the sport could have a singular smile.
There is a true open world this time
The maps within the earlier Stalker video games had been massive, however they weren’t fully open worlds. Whereas sizable, they had been damaged up into chunks and also you had been funneled by means of a couple of particular entry factors to journey between them.
Stalker 2 will formally be a seamless open world sport. “For the primary time within the collection, the Zone will probably be yours to discover as a post-apocalyptic open-world—one of many largest ones thus far,” says GSC Sport World.
A-Life has been upgraded
There’s numerous simulation taking place in Stalker video games—members of the varied human factions wander the Zone, similar as you, and there are all types of mutants and creatures on the market creeping round, too.
These totally different entities conflict and work together, even if you’re not round to see it. Within the earlier video games, a system referred to as A-Life simulated the world and its inhabitants, and now A-Life 2.0 will try this in Stalker 2.
What’s Stalker 2 about?
Not a lot concerning the story has been revealed, however the situation sounds the identical because the earlier video games.
“Bounty hunters delve deep into the Zone, pushed by its treasures and mysteries. A few of them are operating from their previous, others are blinded by cash, and a few are obsessive about discovering the reality behind all of the mysteries.”
The story will probably be non-linear, and GSC says “Your selections will affect each short-term penalties and world outcomes.”
Raytracing and resolutions
GSC has confirmed RTX help for Stalker 2 on the Xbox Collection X and Collection S, and 4k decision for the Collection X, which implies we are able to safely assume the identical options will come to PC.
Do I’ve to play the opposite Stalker video games earlier than I play Stalker 2?
Sure, you do. That is not official, that is simply my private directive to you as a result of two of the Stalker video games (Shadow of Chernobyl and Name of Pripyat) are wonderful.
If you’d like a second opinion, GSC Sport World has its personal reply to that query: Sure, you do.
“Stalker 2 is a standalone mission that may be loved by itself,” it says on GSC’s website. “On the similar time, we suggest to finish the earlier video games for the utmost stage of immersion.”
So, sure. You do. You’d higher get began.
Will Stalker 2 help modding?
The unique Stalker collection is stored recent by a passionate and devoted modding group. And GSC plans to help modders with Stalker 2 as properly. “We’re absolutely dedicated to make modding so simple as attainable on day one.”
Hey, what does STALKER stand for once more?
Yep, the sport is definitely S.T.A.L.Ok.E.R., which is far peskier to sort than Stalker. And the letters (supposedly, as a result of the story is a bit sophisticated) stand for Scavengers, Trespassers, Adventurers, Loners, Killers, Explorers, and Robbers.
Which one will you be? Most likely all the above.