S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Unveils a First Look at its In-Engine Graphics
While it's been some time since we've heard about S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, rest assured the game is still being worked on passionately by the developers over at Ukraine-based GSC Game World. As the studio responsible for kicking off the series with Shadow of Chernobyl in 2007, fans are excited for what's to come. We only received a light confirmation announcement of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 back when it was revealed, with no actual look at gameplay or tech just yet. All of that has now changed thanks to a new video from IGN, which shows off an in-engine look at S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2's world and environments. And wow, is it a looker of a game.
The trailer is pretty brief, but the little it does show really drives home the horrifying wasteland players will be traversing through. It's been over a decade since the last S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game, so the graphical leap from that to this is rather jarring. The trailer is also portrayed through the eyes of the game's protagonist, Skif. As GSC Game World themselves put it, the teaser is meant to show how the game feels; "fast-paced change of scenery, ominous landscapes and the ever-present feeling of an inevitable danger accompanied by a barely-distinguishable guitar soundtrack," the description reads. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 has been confirmed as an official sequel to the original games, taking place after the events of 2009's Call of Pripyat.
The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games are all based off the 1972 novel Roadside Picnic, written by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky. The series often gets compared to the Metro series of games, as both deal with a post-nuclear Russia and both are based off of novels. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. tightens its focus, presenting an alternate history take on the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and the effects on the people and wildlife within it. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 has had a tumultuous history. It was first announced at the start of the decade, 2010, when GSC Game World cancelled it two years later. This is what made it extra surprising when the game resurfaced six years later under a new engine, still in development by GSC. Thankfully, the team never truly gave up on the sequel. And now, its release feels closer than ever with the turn of the new year.
According to GSC, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 will release 'at some point' in 2021. The game will be available on Xbox Series X/S and Windows PC, proving to be a valuable exclusive gem for Xbox players. Those on Xbox will also receive access to the game on Xbox Game Pass from day one. While delays are never out of the question for any game, the footage definitely shows how far along the team has come putting this game together. If you have yet to get into the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, now is the perfect time for it. The series is available on Windows PC and doesn't go for that costly nowadays. There are even a few fan remakes of the original game out there that restore some cut content; these are worth checking out, though it's up to you which version you play.