It's been a long time coming, but a new Stalker (stylized S.T.A.L.K.E.R.) is still hanging on. The horror-survival series has had a new game in the works for a while, and today, we got our first glimpse of what the next entry will look like.
Shown during today's Xbox showcase, Stalker looks decidedly moody, and we wouldn't have it any other way. We saw a brief trailer with humanoid creatures in test tubes, old abandoned ruins, and plenty more.
It's been a long time since the last Stalker game. A website tease in 2018 whet fans' appetite for a new Stalker, with an arrival scheduled for 2021. Last year, the official website added some new art and music, still keeping hope alive for a new Stalker.
At least now, it seems like those holding out for a new excursion to a ruined Chernobyl will finally get what they've been waiting for. Creeping around abandoned ruins and investigating strange goings-on is just what we'd want from a Stalker sequel. In an Xbox Wire post, developer GSC Game World shared more about what's coming in Stalker 2.
The Zone of Stalker 2 is apparently GSC's biggest world to date, as a fully open-world experience with lots of things happening around the player. It will utilize the A-Life 2.0 system, which is a living world simulation that will make the Zone ever-changing, even when the player is not present to experience. An evolving world that doesn't care about the player's involvement sounds very Stalker, but you'll also be able to influence changes as well, resulting in a number of different endings based on what choices you've made.
The new Stalker might not have a release date, but at least we know which platforms it'll be launching on. The long-awaited sequel will be coming to PC and Xbox Series X, and there's no mention of an Xbox One release.