Stalker 2 Will Come With Incredible Unreal Engine To Make Modding Easy
I was so happy when Stalker 2 was announced back in 2018, but also a wee bit skeptical. The first announcement came in 2010, but it immediately stalled out, as did the studio making it, GSC Game World—and when GSC made its successful return in 2015, it was not with Stalker but with Cossacks. But then a Stalker 2 website comes to life last year, and some new details slipped out of a Russian YouTube channel, and it all begins to look like this thing might really be happening.
Today we got a new reason to be happy about the game—maybe even carefully optimistic—as the official Stalker 2 Twitter feed revealed that the new game will use the awesome and all-powerful Unreal Engine.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is powered by Unreal Engine: pic.twitter.com/RdDWr4yYj3
— S.T.A.L.K.E.R. OFFICIAL (@stalker_thegame) January 2, 2020
The original Stalker games were created on the proprietary X-Ray engine, which supported some astonishing visual effects but was also manky as hell. The Unreal Engine should probably make for a smoother technical practice, and will also “make modding more easy and accessible.”
“User modifications help the world of the Zone to live on while we are busy with making a sequel, and we can’t be more grateful for that,” GSC Game World revealed in the announcement.
Stalker 2 could end up as an Epic Games Store exclusive, the studio said only that it “will talk about this later.”
This isn’t really the first time that Stalker 2 has been related to the Unreal Engine: Epic’s director of publishing strategy Sergey Galyonkin dropped a not-too-subtle clue about it in 2018 when then the design was resurrected.
Stalker 2 was originally expected to be out in 2021, but that date has since been taken off from stalker2.com, so it’s anybody’s guess now when it will release.