GSC Game World have announced S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 yet again after it was originally announced almost an entire decade ago. This time around it apparently has a release date that is set in 2021, but it remains to be seen whether it delivers.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2's name is rather ironic since there are three games that happened before it - S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat. GSC Gameworld likely hoped this would help fans distinguish which game it is a sequel to as Strelok is the protagonist of only the first game and possibly of the planned S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2.
GSC Gameworld originally announced this sequel to Shadow of Chernobyl in 2010 with a release date in 2012 but it was cancelled, then it wasn't and then it was again. The developers went silent with S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 news for six years after that, eventually announcing the game again in 2018 via a Cossacks 3 post.
This time around, the release date was 2021 and it seems like GSC Gameworld are sticking with this release window as they now properly announced the game, together with its own website and social media sites. Currently, it only has that art picture of the man in a gas mask, eerie music and a glorified advert for the previous three S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games.
It remains to be seen whether GSC Gameworld will actually manage to finish the project this time around and how they might handle the transition to the next generation of consoles, since it is almost certain they will be here by 2021.
While my reason keeps telling me to keep the hype at bay, my inner fanboy tells me to unleash the cheeki breeki iv damke at full speed. Technically, we don't have much to go on for the moment, but pretty much everyone is hoping to hear more about S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 soon. Some of us even hope to hear the Hardbass Anthem on radio if the game comes to pass.