STALKER 2 is in development, and is set for release in 2021. That’s literally all we know so far, because this “announcement,” such as it is, has come pretty much out of nowhere.
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GSC Game World owner Sergiy Grygorovych announced the game’s existence via Facebook today, providing a link to a new official website. All that’s there is a STALKER 2 logo with 2021 printed underneath, as well as the email address presumably there for newsletter sign-ups. If any doubt remained, the game is also now shown on GSC Game World’s main website.
Curiously, Sergey Galyonkin - who you may know best as the manager of SteamSpy - also tweeted a link to the announcement well before anyone else. Galyonkin is also the director of publishing strategy at Epic Games, and responded to one person with the laughing comment "guess the engine." It's looks pretty likely that STALKER 2 will be running in Unreal.
This isn’t the first time STALKER 2 has been in production. GSC Game World were working on the game when the studio dissolved in 2011, with development indefinitely put on hold at the time. The company reformed in 2014 - after no shortage of confusion over new studios employing former GSC developers - and their first project back was the RTS revival Cossacks 3.
You don’t need to be especially good at math to recognize that this is in fact the fourth STALKER game - after Shadow of Chernobyl, Clear Skies, and Call of Pripyat - though a new number suggests it’d have to be a major step beyond the previous games. Of course, since the new game’s set to release nearly a decade and a half after the original, it’d have to be.
We've reached out to GSC for further comment and will update when we know more.