Stalker, a beloved first-person survival franchise, has been on a break since Call of Pripyat accounting for 15 years.
However, after a long wait, the fourth installment of the Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl series is poised to be released.
GSC Game World has confirmed that the game has finally finished its final production and is ready to be unveiled in the early period of 2024, which is Q1 2024.
Stalker 2 is the first game from the series to be released for consoles. The game was meant for a 2012 release; however, the game faced delay after delay.
The game was restarted with Unreal Engine 5 in 2018 with a release target of 2022; however, the game faced another setback as it was again delayed due to the ongoing Ukraine and Russia conflict.
The war became a challenge for the game as it faced various threats and hacks from Russia.
While the game was on the ice for quite a long time, it has finally overcome its hurdles and is in the final phase of development.
Elaborating more on the game, GSC Game World stated
“This game stands as the biggest and most complex game in our lives. It was ambitious from the beginning but evolved into an ultimate challenge,” he describe. “It holds extreme significance and a deeply personal connection for us, crafted amidst the most stressful conditions imaginable.”
The details of the game have started surfacing as reported recently that the game is going to get you through a journey of a post-apocalyptic world for around 20 hours while also featuring four alternate endings.
Following this, the studio released a trailer for the game under the title of Strider. What’s exciting in the trailer is the return of the franchise’s iconic Strider character from Stalker: Call of Pripyat.
Meanwhile, the game will follow the story of its predecessor, so make sure to get through the stories before diving into the game.
Finally, Stalker 2: Heart Of Chornobyl is released in Q1 2024 for Xbox series X/S, PC. The game will be day one on Game Pass.