S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Devs Open Up About Life During The Russian Invasion

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“Since the start of the war, I’ve had no contact with my parents,” said Alexandr Levchenko, an animator on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2. “It is an indescribable feeling, not knowing whether your loved ones are alive.”

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The developer diary was accompanied by a new story trailer teasing the game’s Chernobyl Exclusion Zone where meteorological anomalies and mutant abilities collide in the wake of nuclear fallout. The first new S.T.A.L.K.E.R. in 13 years, the series was MIA for years following stalled funding and an errant Kickstarter. Due to the ongoing invasion, GSC Game World also said that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2’s release has been pushed back from December 2022 into next year with no firm new date.

Now into its fourth month, Russia’s invasion has displaced millions of people from Ukraine and reportedly killed thousands of civilians. According to Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, Russia now controls roughly a fifth of the nation’s territory. Said narrative designer Daria Tsepkova, “It’s not easy to write violent quests when there is a war outside your window.”

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