STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl was first revealed by Ukrainian studio GSC Game World more than a generation ago. Sadly, the title’s production had to go through a lengthy and bumpy road until its gameplay video was ultimately shown at E3 2021. It looks like STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl is back to full strength, despite the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Fresh footage and a launch date for 2023 have been announced in a stunning video unveiled on June 14th.
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The newly released video starts with a solitary vehicle moving in the dark, similar to STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl from 2007. Audiences overhear a broadcast discussion with Dr. Dalin, the leader of SIRCAA, the fictitious agency overseeing, analyzing, and limiting the abnormalities in STALKER’s rendition of the Chornobyl Exclusion Area…
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Even after dismissing the interviewer’s security worries twice, Dr. Dalin goes on the offensive to argue that the benefits of investigating the Area greatly exceed the dangers that could be encountered along the way. As the truck nears the gloomy red sky, his attitude gets progressively threatening, promising “a new universe” to be uncovered in the Area.
Following this, we see the vehicle going through a thunderstorm inside the Area in the opening sequence of STALKER 2. It seems that SIRCAA might well be overstating its capacity to limit the Oddities in the region, according to a current media item that runs on the air. Lightning strikes a sleeping traveler in the rear of the vehicle while the pilot tries to fix minor electronic interference. As soon as the rider begins to wake up, the vehicle swerves off the highway running into a STALKER 2 Anomaly. Stalker 2’s hero may be seen near the column of light in the last scene after a credit card is shown.
Though not strictly post-apocalyptic, the game franchise is famed for capturing that feeling, and Heart of Chornobyl is the very first STALKER title in nearly ten years. GSC Game World had intended to publish the title in 2012, however, things changed. As a result, engineers decided to scrap it that year. STALKER 2 was ultimately re-announced by the company in 2018, but production was put on hold when Russia invaded Ukraine. As it turns out, GSC Game World stated last month that it was resuming production of STALKER 2.