The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series from GSC is a very popular open world RPG-FPS hybrid on the PC. Taking place in the vast radioactive area in an around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the game, loosely based upon the short story, Roadside Picnic, (and the 1979 film, Stalker) sees player become a Stalker, mercenaries who roam to wasteland looking for powerful, and valuable artefacts.
The game series takes place after a second Chernobyl accident. This accident, however, is far more sinister than the original meltdown, and all manner of crazy plot twists abound, including secret research, mutated life forms and even aliens.
The original games mixed up FPS play with RPG-style inventory and loot management, branching story quests and an open world, and were very good indeed (the first game especially so with the use of the Oblivion Lost mod).
Fans of the series, therefore, are crying out for a true sequel, rather than the existing variations on the first game, but when GSC was threatened with closure before Christmas, it was feared the sequel would never arrive.
Now those fears can be quashed, as GSC has announced that work on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is progressing, and the project is alive and well.
“To answer the multitude of questions we’ve been getting, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is currently in development, yes,” GSC confirmed via Twitter. “However there is no release date yet.”
When asked about goings on at GSC, and why the company hasn’t commented on its status, GSC replied, “There are legal reasons why we have not made an ‘official’ statement.”
There are clearly things afoot at the troubled developer, but news that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is on its way, hopefully this time for the pleasure of both PC and console gamers, is very welcome, indeed.