GSC Game World revealed today that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 won’t hit its intended April 28, 2022 release date, launching on December 8th instead.
The developers shared a short and succinct letter to the community, explaining that this delay will give them an extra seven month to further polish and test the game, which is the biggest one they’ve worked on to date. Considering that previous entries in the franchise weren’t exactly known for shipping in a perfect state regarding bugs and similar nuisances, I can only applaud GSC‘s decision, as it will have a positive impact on the game’s quality. Hopefully, the team isn’t crunching in order to get the title out this year. Gamers can always wait a bit longer for their next fix, but developers working long crunch hours will never get back that time.
Chernobyl Exclusion Zone has changed dramatically after the second massive explosion in year 2006. Violent mutants, deadly anomalies, warring factions have made the Zone a very tough place to survive. Nevertheless, artifacts of unbelievable value attracted many people called S.T.A.L.K.E.R.s, who entered the Zone for their own risk striving to make a fortune out of it or even to find the Truth concealed in the Heart of Chernobyl.
EPIC NONLINEAR STORY IN SEAMLESS OPEN WORLD
Take over a role of the lone stalker and explore photorealistic seamless open world in a 64-km² radioactive zone with a variety of environments that reveal post-apocalyptic atmosphere from different angles. Make your way through the Zone to define your destiny as you choose your paths within highly branching epic story.
VARIETY OF ENEMIES AND HUNDREDS OF WEAPON COMBINATIONS
Meet members of different factions deciding who of them worth your friendship and who deserve a bullet. Engage intense gunfights with a variety of enemies that follow different tactics trying to outsmart you. Choose your preferable firearms from 30+ types of weapons with numerous modifications that allow creating hundreds of distinctive lethal combinations.
LEGENDARY MUTANTS WITH DIFFERENT BEHAVIOUR MODELS
Prepare to encounter horrifying mutated creatures that will try to slaughter you following different behaviour model. Each mutant may appear in different subtypes which makes their behaviour less predictible. Truly extreme danger represent regions with lairs with numerous mutants hunting in large groups.
ARTIFACTS OF INCREDIBLE VALUE AND UNFORGIVING ANOMALIES
The most valuable artifacts and secrets of the Zone are hidden in the most dangerous places. Beware of the hazardous anomalies and unique devastating arch-anomalies as you hunt for highly valuable artifacts scattered around the Zone. Will you dare to unveil the mysteries of the Zone that took lives of many others before you?
Discover legendary S.T.A.L.K.E.R. universe and experience:
- Unique gameplay built on a blend of FPS, horror and immersive sim
- Non-linear story with the variety of paths that lead to one of the several endings
- Benchmark-setting graphics developed using cutting-edge photogrammetric and scanning technologies
- Advanced artificial intelligence systems that will keep engaged even the most hard-boiled players
- Life-simulating system “A-life 2.0” that makes the game world feel alive as never before
- Immersive survival mechanics like hunger, sleeping, bleeding, radiation effects that enrich the gameplay
- Dynamic day-night cycle and weather will add even more realism to the gameplay experience
- Mod support giving the freedom to the creative players to extend and enrich the game universe
- Multiplayer mode, that will be added soon after release as a free update