STALKER 2 Heart of Chornobyl release hub

STALKER 2 player standing on top of rusty car
Credit: GCS Game World

STALKER 2 player standing on top of rusty car
Credit: GCS Game World

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January 18, 2024: Now STALKER 2 finally has a release date, find everything you need to know about the game in our guide.

Stalker 2 is finally becoming a reality and it's not just PC players that get to enjoy the fun. After a 10-year wait, the Stalker 2 release date is finally on the horizon.

For those who don't know, the game is a long-awaited sequel to the much-loved first-person shooter that first appeared on PC back in 2007. It mixes shooter mechanics and mixes in elements of survival sims and horror.

Now with the game leaping current-gen consoles and some powerful PC hardware, anticipation for its release is building. With that said, find everything there is to know about the Stalker 2 release date in our hub.

Stalker 2 release date

After revealing Stalker 2 wouldn't hit its planned release window of Q1 2024, GSC Game World unveiled its 'final' release date as September 5, 2024.

To celebrate the news, the developers published a short snippet of a group of soldiers sitting around a campfire. Although it's not actual gameplay, the detail is nothing short of incredible.

What Is Stalker 2?

Stalker 2 is a first-person survival shooter, well known for its dark atmosphere, deformed creatures and more. Fans have been waiting 10 years for a glimpse at the game with the first announcement in 2010. The game's name isn't technically just Stalker, it's actually S.T.A.L.K.E.R which stands for Scavengers, Trespassers, Adventurers, Loners, Killers, Explorers, and Robbers.

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We don't have much information on the story so far but it looks like it will follow a similar path to that of previous games.

"Bounty hunters delve deep into the Zone, driven by its treasures and mysteries. Some of them are running from their past, others are blinded by money, and some are obsessed with finding the truth behind all the mysteries. No matter what makes their hearts pump, these people are known as S.T.A.L.K.E.R.s. You are one of them."

It's been announced that not only will it be open world (finally) but the story will also be non-linear, meaning everything you do can have an impact on the present and future! It's recommended that you play the previous title before jumping into Stalker 2, but it's not necessary.

Stalker 2 Trailer

The most recent showcasing the action in Stalker 2 arrived in December 2023. As expected, it features gritty combat and incredibly detailed models of soldiers you interact with.

Stalker 2 Platforms

The game will be available on PC as it has previously in older titles as well as Xbox due to the fact it's a console exclusive - sorry PlayStation players! Stalker 2's official site states the PC version will release at the same time as that of the Xbox. It will also enter the Xbox Game Pass service. Originally, it was meant to arrive at launch but that doesn't seem to be the case.

Will Stalker 2 have multiplayer?

Yes, Stalker 2 will feature some kind of multiplayer features. Initially, GSC Game World didn't plan on releasing any form of multiplayer for the hotly-anticipated sequel but player demand quickly changed the studio's mind.

There you have it, that's everything there is to know about the release of Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl. For more, take a look at our release hubs for WWE 2K24, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, and Rise of the Ronin.

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