GSC Game World, the studio responsible for the STALKER series, revealed today that STALKER 2 is currently under development. According to the website that went live today, STALKER 2 is scheduled to be released sometime in 2021.
STALKER 2 was originally announced eight years ago back in 2010. GSC Game World had been working on the title and planned for a full multi-platform release in 2012. However, fans were distraught as just two years later, development on STALKER 2 was halted as GSC Game World was shut down. After another two years of no communication, GSC Game World resurfaced in 2014 and released Cossacks 3.
Earlier today, GSC Game World posted announced STALKER 2 via Facebook, not quite the way video game reveals are usually done. There is no gameplay or any sort of teasers for that matter yet, but it seems like we have a long wait ahead of us as the fourth installment of the series is scheduled for a 2021 release.
The first STALKER game titled Shadow of Chernobyl was released in 2007 and set in the area surrounding Chernobyl after the catastrophic nuclear explosion in 1986. The game was well received and led to two more installments being released in the following years. STALKER Clear Skies and STALKER Call of Pripyat were released in 2008 and 2009 respectively.
Development on STALKER 2 has been a rough journey ever since its initial announcement in 2010. As all three of the STALKER games have only available been released for Windows PC, it is unclear whether STALKER 2 will see a multi-platform release. GSC has not yet revealed whether the progress from the 2010 version of the game will carry over to this new one, or if they have scrapped the initial plans entirely. We can expect to hear more from developers as STALKER 2 continues to be worked on.
Gamers who enjoy post apocalyptic themes will surely love STALKER games.