After a variety of 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 thought 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.
This is every little thing 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 Recreation World hinted it might be out in 2021, however we do not know if that is nonetheless the plan. The official web site at the moment states “We aren’t able to disclose the discharge date simply but.”
GSC has mentioned 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 at all times been on PC, however Stalker 2 can be a “console launch unique” on Xbox. That is a complicated phrase, nevertheless it does not imply PC gamers must wait. It simply means PlayStation house owners will likely be out of luck. Stalker 2’s official web site 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 realize on launch,” in response to GSC Recreation World. Which sounds prefer it’s not truly taken from the sport itself, which is being developed within the Unreal Engine.
However it positively 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 priceless artifacts will be discovered. You may as well catch a glimpse of Stalker’s scary mutated canine operating in a pack at one level.
And, after all, a number of Stalkers sitting round a hearth 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 form of high-tech anomaly detector, after which watching objects levitate. Which is form 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 outdoor once they go off. (The implications are loss of life.)
A developer diary in March gave us an uninspiring take a look at a number of the weapons we’ll be utilizing, and a number of the faces we might be utilizing them on. The video went in arduous on the tooth of these characters for some motive, ensuring we all know that each NPC within the recreation may have a singular smile.
There is a true open world this time
The maps within the earlier Stalker video games had been large, however they weren’t completely 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 recreation. “For the primary time within the collection, the Zone will likely be yours to discover as a post-apocalyptic open-world—one of many largest ones thus far,” says GSC Recreation World.
A-Life has been upgraded
There’s a number of simulation occurring in Stalker video games—members of the assorted human factions wander the Zone, identical as you, and there are all types of mutants and creatures on the market creeping round, too.
These completely different entities conflict and work together, even whenever 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 likely be non-linear, and GSC says “Your selections will affect each short-term penalties and world outcomes.”
Raytracing and resolutions
GSC has confirmed RTX assist for Stalker 2 on the Xbox Collection X and Collection S, and 4k decision for the Collection X, which suggests 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 glorious.
If you need a second opinion, GSC Recreation World has its personal reply to that query: Sure, you do.
“Stalker 2 is a standalone venture that may be loved by itself,” it says on GSC’s web site. “On the identical time, we suggest to finish the earlier video games for the utmost degree of immersion.”
So, sure. You do. You’d higher get began.
Will Stalker 2 assist modding?
The unique Stalker collection is saved recent by a passionate and devoted modding neighborhood. And GSC plans to assist modders with Stalker 2 as properly. “We’re absolutely dedicated to make modding so simple as doable on day one.”
Hey, what does STALKER stand for once more?
Yep, the sport is definitely S.T.A.L.Okay.E.R., which is way peskier to sort than Stalker. And the letters (supposedly, as a result of the story is a bit difficult) stand for Scavengers, Trespassers, Adventurers, Loners, Killers, Explorers, and Robbers.
Which one will you be? Most likely the entire above.