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New STALKER 2 details and gorgeous Unreal 5-powered screenshots emerge months ahead of the next-gen exclusive's April 2022 launch

STALKER 2 is set to finally launch, over a decade after Call of Pripyat, the last mainline entry in the franchise (Image source: GSC Game World)
STALKER 2 is set to finally launch, over a decade after Call of Pripyat, the last mainline entry in the franchise (Image source: GSC Game World)
GSC Game world recently shared a set of five new STALKER 2 screenshots, with just five months to go before the long-awaited sequel to Call of Pripyat arrives. Russian gamers also shared early snippets of an exclusive PC Gamer magazine feature on the game, highlighting new gameplay mechanics.

GSC Game World recently outed a handful of new screenshots for STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl. The hotly-anticipated follow up to STALKER: Call of Pripyat is built on the Unreal 5 engine and the screens highlight the ways in which GSC is utilizing the new tech. STALKER 2 is a next-gen exclusive. That makes it one among a handful of games (The Medium comes to mind) to launch on the Xbox Series S and X as well as PC, but not on eighth-gen hardware. 

The massive leap in processing, graphics, and I/O capabilities from next-gen baseline hardware has allowed GSC to really push the boat out there in terms of STALKER 2's visuals. Hardware ray-tracing, extremely high polycount models, and Unreal 5's Nanite and Lumen rendering systems together make for a truly next-gen experience. 

Apart from the screenshots, Russian fans online shared early snippets from a PC Gamer magazine exclusive on STALKER 2's new features. According to the leaked article snippets, STALKER 2 will reportedly take over 100 hours to complete, making it considerably longer than its predecessors. Survival elements like sleeping and eating food also appear to play a bigger role than in earlier franchise outings. 

Check out STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl for Xbox Series X/S here on Amazon.

This screenshot highlights great use of Nanite for detailed rendering of the ruins (Image source: GSC Game World)
This screenshot highlights great use of Nanite for detailed rendering of the ruins (Image source: GSC Game World)
Lumen global illumination adds depth to the bucolic environment pictured here (Image source: GSC Game World)
Lumen global illumination adds depth to the bucolic environment pictured here (Image source: GSC Game World)

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GSC Game World (via pikabu.ru)

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Arjun Krishna Lal
Arjun Krishna Lal - Tech Writer - 599 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2019
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. Apart from working as an editor at Notebookcheck, I write for outlets including TechSpot and Gamingbolt. I’m the Director of Content at Flying V Group, one of the top 5 digital marketing agencies in Orange County. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.
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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2021-12-10 (Update: 2021-12-10)