Zone cinematic trailer and development at war

GSC Game World, developer of STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl, is headquartered in the Ukraine and the Russian invasion has made things very difficult for them. Despite this, the game is still in development and today we have the opportunity to see a cinematic trailer showing the opening sequence. The study has also confirmed that the title delays its launch to 2023 for Xbox Series, Game Pass and PC, and has shown a development diary where you can see the effect that the war has had on team members.

STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl takes place in a fictional universe within an altered timeline set in Chernobyl, where a nuclear accident took place in 1986. So far the coincidences with reality. The action of the game takes place in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, which changed radically after the second explosion in 2006. As a result of that event, violent mutants, deadly anomalies and opposing factions appeared that make the Zone a place to survive. it’s a challenge.

However, within the Zone there are valuable artifacts that attract people from all over the world, so there are those willing to enter this dangerous territory that covers an area of ​​​​64 km². The so-called Stalkers enter the Zone at their own risk in search of fortune or the truth that hides “the Heart of Chernobyl”. One of these Stalkers is Skif, our protagonist, who in addition to overcoming mutants, anomalies and human factions, must deal with hunger, sleep and radiation while adapting to a dynamic cycle of day and night. and weather.

On the other hand, GSC Game World has shown a new development diary for STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl where we can see the effect of the Russian invasion on both the company’s offices and some of its members. Since February 24, the life of all the developers of the studio has changed completely, as has their environment. Some have stayed in Ukraine and continue to work from kyiv, others have settled in a new office in Prague, while a part has joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

“Some of the GSC Game World employees decided to defend their country while a part of the development continues from kyiv,” says the Ukrainian studio. “The company has also established a new office in Prague, Czech Republic, where most of the development will begin. The STALKER universe is based on a trilogy of video games, as well as several hundred books, comics, and numerous works of fan fiction. With more than 15 million copies sold worldwide, the franchise has been critically acclaimed and fans are eagerly awaiting its return with STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl.”