— S.T.A.L.K.E.R. OFFICIAL (@stalker_thegame) March 23, 2020
In a follow-up tweet, GSC Game World said “A lot of you are joining social isolation now. That’s why today, on a very special occasion, we are ready to slightly uncover the mystery of what we are working on. This is the first glimpse of STALKER 2.”
The tweet also promises more to come in 2020.
The original STALKER released March 20, 2007, meaning it has been almost exactly 13 years since it was released. STALKER was one of the most anticipated PC games of the time, with a long development process that was keenly followed by fans. We wrote in our review at the time that it “offers gamers a chance to experience something genuinely new”, and that it was “the truss work for an absolutely stellar sequel with larger zones, more character customization, better quest rewards, and stronger NPC personalities.” Hopefully the sequel fulfills these wishes.As well as both a prequel and a sequel, STALKER also (sort of) spawned a second franchise: two of its development staff went on to create Metro 2033, which shares a similar Eastern-Europe post-apocalypse vibe. The Metro games also were well received, with the latest – Metro Exodus – getting a solid review from IGN.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer. You can follow him on Twitter.