The Games of 2024 – S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Shadow of Chornobyl

Delays, an office fire, and a literal war couldn't stop this long-awaited sequel.

Publisher: GSC Game World
Developer: GSC Game World
Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, PC
Release Date: Q1 2024

Over 14 years after Call of Pripyat, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl returns players to the franchise’s version of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, a post-apocalyptic, dark science-fiction take on the area surrounding the real-world 1986 nuclear disaster. Playing as a stalker, you’ll head out on a nonlinear journey through a brutal open world filled with dangerous mutants and deadly reality-warping anomalies. Ukrainian developer GSC Game World blends first-person shooting, survival, and horror together in an experience that promises to keep you both exhilarated and unnerved as your actions help determine the fate of the Zone and those connected to it. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 has taken a while to get here, but it will hopefully satisfy both longtime fans and new players alike.

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