Stalker 2 Heart of Chornobyl release date, gameplay, and story details

Stalker 2 Heart of Chornobyl release date, gameplay, and story details
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  • Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl will be released on September 5, 2024 on Xbox Series X|S and PC.

In what has been a tumultuous journey for the Stalker series, it seemed like we might never get a launch day. With the recent Xbox Games Showcase, the developers finally revealed a release date for Stalker 2 Heart of Chornobyl, and it’s coming in 2024. Here’s what we know about the game, including the story and gameplay we’ve seen so far.

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You’ll face some gross things in the Zone. Image via GSC Game World

When does Stalker 2 Heart of Chornobyl come out?

The Stalker 2 Heart of Chornobyl release date is Thursday, September 5 2024. The developers, GSC Game World, confirmed this release date at long last during the Xbox Game Showcase in June. This is a game that has been on people’s radar since 2010, and now it is finally so close to launching we can almost taste it. Microsoft announced it will be available on day one with Game Pass, coming to Xbox Series X|S and PC.

Stalker 2 Heart of Chornobyl gameplay

Stalker 2 is going to be a huge open-world game where you explore an area called The Zone – almost certainly a reference to the Exclusion Zone in the real-world Chornobyl – an irritated wasteland full of mutated monstrosities. From what we’ve seen in trailers, this game will feature a first-person perspective and focus on using guns, melee combat, and horror elements as you make your way across a bleak land.

As you play, you’ll come across other survivors who have formed different factions. It’s up to you to decide whether you want to befriend these people or put them down. There will be over 30 weapon types in the game, all of which will allow for customisations and other modifications to make your own lethal weapons.

After the launch, a multiplayer mode is planned. It is unclear if this will be a standalone mode or if it means the main campaign will have multiplayer where you can explore and survive with your friends. Most likely, it will be a PvP mode.

Stalker 2 Heart of Chernobyl story details

As you might expect, Stalker 2 uses the real-world location of Chernobyl as its setting. As a lone stalker – someone who explores the Zone – you will navigate through an open world. As per the game’s Steam page, the story of Stalker 2 is billed as ‘non-linear’, and one that has several branches to discover. Your Stalker is trying to locate rare and valuable artifacts in the most dangerous parts of the zone, which is where you find some truly horrifying discoveries.

Stalker 2 Heart of Chornobyl will be coming to Xbox Series X|S and PC on 5th September.