The network got new information about the development of the expected game S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 (“Stalker 2”) from developers from Gsc game world. As it turned out, the new part of the cult series will seriously differ from its predecessors in its performance.
New game info Stalker 2 surfaced on the network, and was quickly removed. According to Gamebomb.ru, an entry has appeared on the official website of Epic Games for a while that the development of the game S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is conducted on the Unreal Engine 4 graphics engine. Fans managed to take a screenshot of this information before it was deleted. Thus, the initial rumor that the cult shooter S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 will be developed on the popular Unreal Engine, and not on its own engine from GSC Game World, confirmed. Fans of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Series reacted differently to new information.
The first games of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series were developed on their own engine GSC Game World, which was called the X-Ray Engine, and at the time of release was distinguished by the likelihood of graphics and photorealism. The news that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 will be developed on the Unreal Engine, upset many fans who expected the project to receive a completely new engine. However, other fans were delighted, because the Unreal Engine is a very popular engine, with which developers rarely have problems. It is worth noting that since the game Stalker 2 is developed on the Epic Games graphics engine, the shooter itself will most likely be exclusive to the Epic Games Store service, and may not be released on Steam, which also saddened many fans.
Game S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 was officially announced back in 2018, but since then, the developers have shown only a few of the first concept art, and have not announced the release dates of the game. According to Gamebomb.ru, it is expected that the full-fledged display of the Stalker 2 game will take place only in 2023, and the game itself will be released even later.