STALKER 2 Heart of Chernobyl: Release Date, Gameplay, and Everything We Know So Far

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July 11, 2022: At the moment it appears that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is delayed even further to 2023. The game's website doesn't detail a month, and it's Steam page shows December 2023.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is finally becoming a reality and it's not just PC players that get to enjoy the fun. After a 10 year wait, a sequel is finally on the cards and coming to consoles as well as PC.

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 making the leap to next-gen consoles even more players can experience the terror of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Here's everything we know about Stalker 2.

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Stalker 2's Officially Delayed Until Autumn 2022 - 12 January 2022

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2: Heart of Chernobyl has been officially delayed. Releasing a new statement via Twitter, GSC Game World confirmed these additional months will be used for "thorough testing and polishing," fitting a big project like this sequel. As such, the game's now releasing on December 8th, 2022.

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It's been a wild 48 hours for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2. Following news that GSC Game World were implementing NFTs into their upcoming sequel as part of a new "S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Metaverse," that prompted significant backlash, with many existing fans threatening to boycott it. Having tried to explain their plans in further detail, GSC Game World's made a significant U-turn.

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Stalker 2’s Multiplayer Will Arrive in a Post-Launch Update - 9 December 2022

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In the latest issue of PCGamer magazine the developers have confirmed that Multiplayer will be added as a free post-launch update.

Game director Evgeniy Grygorovych also told the magazine: "it is impossible to add a co-op mode without ruining the experience of overcoming the difficulties on your own."

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Stalker 2 was originally announced as an Xbox console exclusive title, but newly leaked documents have revealed that the game's exclusivity period is only three months.

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Release Date

Stalker 2 was originally scheduled to launch in December 2022. However, due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, GSC Game World - who are based in Kyiv - has indefinitely delayed it. Reportedly, they've relocated to Prague but for now, we cannot imagine seeing a new release date confirmed anytime soon.

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.

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.

For more, check out the game's Frequently Asked Questions below:

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Stalker 2 Trailers

Here is the trailer revealed at the Xbox Games Showcase.

Developer GSC Game World has since confirmed that the footage is a target render to show what the team is hoping to achieve.

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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.

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Gameplay

The game offers "one of the biggest seamless open-worlds" to date.

It will feature an epic, non-linear story where your choices will influence both short-term consequences and global outcomes.

In the most recent minute-long teaser, GSC shows off an in-game teaser trailer.

GSC Game World called this an "official in-engine gameplay teaser" which is hard to believe.

But, according to the developers at GSC Game World, this is "how the game actually feels: fast-paced change of scenery, ominous landscapes and the ever-present feeling of an inevitable danger accompanied by a barely-distinguishable guitar soundtrack."

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Will Stalker 2 have multiplayer?

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Update: Yes, the developers have confirmed the game will have multiplayer, but it's coming in a free post-launch update.

It's unknown at this point, although some fans are eager to see it added in.

Reddit users have voted and made their opinions known - they would like to see it added, but it's a close call. The overriding consensus is that multiplayer would be good as a co-op feature, but a full-on multiplayer may not what the community wants.

"Coop could work. But it does lessen the immersion for me when I play Dying Light in the coop for example, but it might be just me" said one user.

GSC GameWorld confirmed back in June, according to guru3d, STALKER 2 will not feature any Battle Royale mode.

System Requirements

According to game-debate.com, here's what they predict the system requirements to be on PC:

Minimum Requirements

  • OS: Win Xp 32
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.8GHz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4000+
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 5550 512MB or NVIDIA GeForce GT 130
  • System Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 13 GB Hard drive space
  • DirectX 9 Compatible Graphics Card
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Recommended Requirements

  • OS: Win Xp 32
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-680 3.6GHz / AMD Athlon II X4 620
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 4870 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
  • System Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Storage: 13 GB Hard drive space