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Published: 5/Feb/2021 22:15 Updated: 18/Mar/2021 16:36by Lauren Bergin
S.T.A.L.K.E.R has become a classic franchise, with the original installment striking fear into the hearts of gamers throughout the 2000s. It’s back in business, though, with S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 and here’s everything you need to know.
For those unaware of S.T.A.L.K.E.R, the plot revolves around the Chernobyl Disaster of 1986, where on April 26 the nuclear reactor near Pripyat (then part of the Soviet Union) exploded. The fallout from the infamous event has earned it the rank of the worst nuclear disaster in human history.
The deserted nuclear wasteland left in the wake of the event sets the perfect scene for S.T.A.L.K.E.R, whose original 2007 title takes place in the “Zone,” the colloquial name for the area surrounding Chernobyl.
While very little is known about the sequel to the iconic thriller title, it was announced at the 2020 XBOX Games Showcase that S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 will be released in 2021.
Considering that the title has gone through several failed attempts at resurgence since its 2007 release, it’ll be interesting to see how devs redesign with the help of modern-day technology. Said technology may possibly include the Unreal Engine, but further details on this haven’t been released.
The official trailer for S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 dropped on July 23 2020, and gives us a glimpse into CSG Game World’s virtual recreation of Chernobyl’s exclusion zone.
Various snapshots of some of Chernobyl’s most iconic landmarks are scattered throughout the dusty camera lens, including the infamous Ferris Wheel that serves as a harrowing memorial to the Pripyat Amusement part.
On the more fantastical side, we see that the environment is littered with odd-looking physical disturbances (known as Anomalies), and we’re given a glimpse of an underground facility that appears to be engineering some form of mutant. No doubt we’ll get an up-close and personal look at whatever is being nurtured in the depths.