Ukranian developer GSC Game World has officially announced the sequel to their first person shooter Stalker and if everything goes as planned, we'll be seeing it in 2021. Having said that, the last attempt at Stalker 2 didn't go so well.
The news came from GSC's CEO Sergiy Grygorovych himself, so straight from the horses mouth. His Facebook post dated 15 May 2018 points to Stalker 2's website, which currently just says 2021.
Hopefully, GSC manage to pull it off this time around, since this is not the first time Stalker 2 was announced. In 2010, three years after the original launched, the company set out to make the sequel in GSC's proprietary multi-platform engine but those dreams never came to fruition.
Stalker 2 was supposed to see the light of day by 2012 but already in 2011 there were some eyebrows raised, when GSC cancelled and un-cancelled. Ultimately, the only thing fans got in 2012 was an announcement of Stalker 2 being cancelled and the rest of GSC's team moving on to work on Survarium, as part of Vostok Games.
GSC's Stalker franchise has attracted quite a following through the years, not least for being based on the cult novel Roadside Picnic by Strugatsky brothers and its movie adaptation too. The franchise has three Stalker games, Shadow of Chernobyl, Clear Sky and Call of Pripyat, with sequel hopefully finally extending the number to four.
It's safe to assume that we'll be seeing the same sort of gameplay from Stalker's sequel, with players manoeuvring their way around The Zone's deadly perils. Of course, anything else is up for debate so GSC hopefully decide to share a bit more on what to expect from the game.
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In case you're not familiar with Roadside Picnic, it's quite a short yet riveting read and a completely different take on extraterrestrial visitors than what we're used to seeing from cinemas these days. It's well worth the read and may even interest you in the Stalker franchise, which as we mentioned before borrows heavily from the novel.