E3 2021: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl release date officially announced

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Survival horror game, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, is finally getting a release date, more than a decade after it was first originally announced. Now subtitled Heart of Chernobyl, the sequel will be released on April 28, 2022 in a gameplay demo and announcement made during the Xbox/Bethesda Games Showcase.

The game features a nonlinear story in a seamless open world, hundreds of weapon permutations and customizations, more mutants and enemies to battle, and new zones to explore. Ukranian developers GSC Game World also assured everyone that the game will have advanced AI, survival elements like hunger and sleep, dynamic day and night cycles, and mod support.

A multiplayer mode will also be added as a free update immediately after release.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2’s synopsis is as follows:

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone has changed dramatically after the second massive explosion in year 2006. Violent mutants, deadly anomalies, warring factions have made the Zone a very tough place to survive. It turned out that the center of the Zone hides the source of incredible power. Nevertheless, artifacts of unbelievable value attracted many people called S.T.A.L.K.E.R.s, who entered the Zone for their own risk striving to make a fortune out of it or even to find the Truth concealed in the Heart of Chernobyl.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl will be available for Xbox consoles, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store.