S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 was announced in August 2010, with an initial release date scheduled for 2012. Sergiy Grygorovych, CEO of GSC Game World, specified that the video game featured a completely new multi-platform engine, written by GSC itself. On 23 December 2011, GSC Game World announced they would be continuing development of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, despite an earlier announcement pointing to its cancellation.
However, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 was cancelled yet again by GSC Game World through a Twitter post on 25 April 2012.Development of a new S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 was announced on 15 May 2018 with a post on the Cossacks 3 Facebook page. The post displays the text “S.T.A.L.K.E.R.2 18.104.22.168”, implying a planned release year of 2021 powered by the Unreal Engine 4.
In May 2018, Sergey Galyonkin, the creator of Steam Spy, tweeted that GSC Game World would create a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, using Unreal Engine 4. Shortly the GSC website mentioned that the company was working on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, and a teaser website appeared mentioning the release date of 2021. It was suggested that the game was still in the design phase, and was announced just before E3 2018 so it could find a publisher.
On 23 March 2020, GSC Game World published a screenshot of the game in development, promising they would share new information about the game in the coming months. On 23 July 2020, it was announced that the game will be released in 2021 for Microsoft Windows and Xbox Series X/S, which will be the first time the series will be on consoles. On 30 December 2020, an in-engine teaser of the game was released.
Here is what the company exactly said about the trailer:
“S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is a unique blend of first-person shooter, immersive sim, and horror with a really thick atmosphere. One of the biggest open-worlds to date is yours to explore—along with an epic branching story with multiple endings.
The game will feature an epic, non-linear story. Your choices will influence both short-term consequences and global outcomes.” Hope you liked the game, do tell us what you feel about the game!!