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Further details about STALKER 2 unveiled in Russian podcast: advanced A-Life AI, Xbox Mod support, and more

STALKER 2 could potentially feature mod support on the Xbox Series X/S (Image source: GSC Game World)
STALKER 2 could potentially feature mod support on the Xbox Series X/S (Image source: GSC Game World)
GSC Game World's Zakhar Bocharov sat down to answer questions about STALKER 2 on a Russian language podcast. Bocharov highlighted some new information about the game, including the possibility of mod support on Xbox.

GSC Game World's PR Manager Zakhar Bocharov recently shared insights about STALKER 2 during an episode of the Russian podcast "Not Brought In." Bocharov touched on a number of interesting new details about the game. He explained the reason why GSC decided to use Unreal Engine 4: their in-house X-Ray engine, which had powered previous titles in the STALKER franchise, was simply too outdated a decade later. GSC had apparently trialed out other engines before settling on UE4. 

STALKER fans are used to a launch experience that makes Bethesda games feel positively polished: Shadow of Chernobyl, for instance, launched with a number of game-breaking bugs that took months to iron out. During the interview, Bocharov reassured long-time series fans that STALKER 2 will be a more stable experience at launch. A lot of those bugs had to do with the games' "A-Life" AI system. Bocharov claimed that this time around, A-Life will be significantly more detailed, with enemy NPCs and wildlife fighting with each other as well, not just the player. 

STALKER 2 will be the first game in the franchise to launch on consoles, albeit limited to the Xbox Series X and S. Modding's always been a key aspect of the STALKER experience, and Bocharov hinted that GSC was exploring ways of bringing STALKER 2 mods to the Xbox Series X/S version, great news for fans of gameplay overhauls like MISERY. 

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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2021-03- 9 (Update: 2021-03- 9)