When it comes to the most anticipated games of 2023, Stalker 2 has always been high on the list of one of the most highly-anticipated titles ever since the developers of the game, GSC Gameworld, announced it all the way back in 2010 and marked it for a 2012 release date.
Although the initial release date did not come to fruition, the announcement nevertheless created lots of excitement among gaming fans in general, and even today, more than a decade after its initial announcement, fans are eagerly waiting in anticipation once again.
The upcoming Stalker game is looking to stay true to the previous entries in this series by once again being a first-person shooter, action-adventure game with added iconic horror elements that long-time players of this franchise will be familiar with.
Fans have been looking forward to Stalker 2’s release date ever since 2009, with Stalker: Call of Pripyat the last installment in the franchise. So without keeping all the fans of the series waiting for any longer, let us dive into all the details available to us regarding the upcoming cult-classic game.
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Stalker 2 Release Date
Starting with the game’s release date, according to the game’s official page on Steam, Stalker 2 has been marked with a tentative release window of Q2024. The exact release date of the game, however, will be revealed and confirmed by GSC Game World themselves when they feel the time is right to do so.
Initially, Stalker 2 was announced to be released on 28 April 2022, but at the time of writing this post, we can confidently confirm that did not happen as it was mere speculation and nothing else.
As far as postponing the game’s release date is concerned, there is a very slim chance that the development studio will postpone the release of the game any further, with all pre-order links of the game being active.
However, there is always a slight possibility of unexpected delays and postponements taking place, so we cannot completely rule them out. Delays are never great for gamers, but as far as developers of the game are concerned, it is always better for a game development studio to delay a game rather than release a game that is not only a technical mess but also incomplete in nature.
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Stalker 2 Reveal Trailer
The announcement of Stalker 2 during the 2020 Xbox Showcase event took the entire Stalker fanbase by surprise due to its unexpected revelation.
Here, take a look at the official reveal trailer of the game:
The first trailer was released in 2020 and has managed to muster over 3 million views. The trailer is quite detailed and reveals the game’s world and the characters in it quite candidly. The game visuals and sounds are perfectly in tune with the concept of the game.
The trailer begins with the narration from Skif who is the protagonist. The protagonist sneaks into the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone in order to scavenge valuable artifacts.
Furthermore, there are also scenes involving violence against the iconic Stalkers in the latter half of the trailer as well. Overall, the trailer seems to be immensely promising and has further piqued the excitement of the fans.
Additionally, the fans of the game, along with the gaming community as a whole, have been impressed and thrilled in equal measure at the level of commitment and sacrifice exhibited by the developers of the game, despite all the extreme hardships they have had to go through.
Stalker 2 Storyline
The Stalker 2’s storyline unfolds in 2050 in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone, the same region that was vacated after the Chornobyl Nuclear Disaster. This game follows the events of the first Stalker game and takes place more than 20 years later than its predecessor.
Moreover, despite being a sequel, the storyline of the game has been adjusted in such a way that it is now an independent game, so if you’re someone who is playing this series for the first time and hasn’t played any of the previous games in the franchise, you won’t be lost.
The player takes up the role of a lone stalker who is out to collect various valuable artifacts, all while trying to avoid the various threats and dangers in a photorealistic post-apocalyptic world.
The storyline, along with the various random events that will occur in the game will unfold according to the choices made by the player in-game, so players must approach each situation in this game with caution and be mindful of the fact that their actions can have serious consequences that will not only impact the entire world around them but their very existence in the zone as well.
Stalker 2 Gameplay Features
The upcoming Stalker 2 Gameplay promises a huge Open World design along with first-person shooting gameplay mechanics. Like the previous games in the series, players will once again have an inventory to store the various items they will find while exploring the visually stunning post-apocalyptic, radioactive scenery in Chornobyl.
Moreover, in order to make the player’s gameplay experience more realistic, the developers have included a Day & Night Cycle with alternating weather patterns. During the day players will have a much easier time exploring the environment but will have to contend with occasional radioactive storms.
During the nighttime, however, visibility is limited to only a few feet around the player, largely thanks to the flashlight they will have at their disposal. The night is also when the scariest and most dangerous creatures present in the zone come out, so players will have to be alert and ready for a challenging fight against these enhanced monsters, if and when they happen to encounter these radioactive abominations.
The game will include various factions of people with different ideologies, the player will be given the choice to join forces with these factions. The game will also be packed with side quests and optional missions that they can take part in.
Radiation and threats from various enemy types will be a persistent gameplay mechanic that players will have to be aware of and contend with. So to make sure that their exploration activities don’t come to a premature end, players will have to maintain their health and keep their radiation levels in check at all times while exploring the various treacherous areas in the exclusion zone.
In addition to this, to give the players a sense of what it feels like to travel through the post-apocalyptic radioactive zones in the game, the developers have designed the game in such a way that it utilizes realistic-looking graphics throughout its world, to provide players with a more immersive experience.
Stalker 2 Platforms
The Stalker 2 Platforms have been revealed by the developers. As far as Stalker 2 for Playstation is concerned, sadly, that won’t be happening.
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However, there is good news for gamers looking to play the game on Xbox devices, as the developers have confirmed that Stalker 2 will be released on Xbox Series X and Series S. Moreover, there is also good news for PC gamers as Stalker 2 will also be released on popular platforms like Steam, Epic Games, Microsoft Store, and gog.com.
As for Stalker 2 for Mobile, it is highly unlikely to happen. So, to sum it up Stalker 2 will be released on Xbox Series X|S and PC. You will also be able to access Stalker 2 with Xbox Game Pass.
Stalker 2 System Requirements
Since Stalker 2 is in the final stages of its development, the developers have revealed the minimum and recommended system requirements that players would need in order to play the game for a smooth and stutter-free gameplay experience.
|Intel Core i5-7600K/
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
|Intel Core i7-9700K/
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
|8 GigaByte RAM
|16 GigaByte RAM
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB/
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB/
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB
Stalker 2 News & Rumors
As you must already be aware, the game development studio responsible for the development of Stalker 2, GSC Game World, is based in Ukraine. With the ongoing Ukraine-Russia war situation, the game’s development has suffered significantly. This has led to several postponements in the release of the game. It was revealed in March 2022 that a few members of the development team have shifted to Prague to ensure smooth game development.
The consequences of war were also reflected in the title of the game as the spelling of Chernobyl was changed to Chornobyl.
Initially, the game developers wished to add an NFT element in Stalker 2 but the idea received a lot of backlash from the fandom. Owning up to the fan response, GSC Game World did the most surprising yet amazing thing by scraping the idea altogether.
Based on the graphics provided in the Stalker 2 Trailer, the game seems to be promising new anomalies. Not just this, new mutant types also do seem like a fair possibility.
Initial rumors had claimed that Stalker 2 would be equipped with a Multiplayer Mode, and today i would like to officially confirm this news. It must be noted that although this game will indeed have a dedicated multiplayer mode, it will be available to player right away. It will release some time after the base game’s successful release.
That’s it for today. We have finally reached the end of our post on Stalker 2’s Release Date, and truly hope that this article was able to answer most of the questions gamers worldwide might have had regarding the upcoming first-person shooter, action-horror game.
If everything transpires as planned, Stalker 2 will be released in the specified timeframe provided on all popular platforms, especially on Steam, but after waiting for more than a decade for the release of the game, it is hard not to anticipate a few more delays, albeit small, before the game’s official release, but only time will tell us that.
Please keep coming back to this post occasionally to stay in the development loop of the game, as we will keep updating this article with all the latest news and updates regarding the game’s official release date, more gameplay information, and much more.
Last but not least, We, at BenettonPlay, would like to congratulate the entire team of GSC Game World for being brave and enduring and fighting against the most difficult of odds and extreme adversity to bring the iconic Stalker 2 to its fans.
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|Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the full form of S.T.A.L.K.E.R?
The full form of S.T.A.L.K.E.R is Scavengers, Trespassers, Adventurers, Loners, Killers, Explorers, and Robbers.
Is Stalker 2 canceled?
Definitely not. Stalker 2 is very much under development right now, although it must be acknowledged that the terrible war-like situation between Russia and Ukraine did somewhat hamper and delay the overall development process of the game.
Moreover, the development studio also had to move a part of the development team to Prague so that they could effortlessly finish Stalker 2 without any interference.
Why was the title Heart of Chernobyl renamed?
The title Heart of Chernobyl was renamed Heart of Chornobyl as a consequence of the Russian-Ukraine War. Chernobyl pertains to the Russian spelling of the place whereas Chornobyl is the Ukrainian spelling of the same.
The development team, being Ukrainian themselves, expressed their loyalty to their motherland by making this subtle change in the game’s title.
Will Stalker 2 have a multiplayer mode?
According to the developers themselves, Stalker 2 will have a multiplayer mode, but it will only be available to players once the base game has successfully been released.
Will Stalkers 2 be out on PS 5?
Unfortunately, No. Stalkers 2 will not be available to play on any PlayStation platform, let alone PlayStation 5. According to Stalker 2 official page on Steam, the game will be playable only on the Xbox Series X|S and PC.