The apocalyptic genre has dominated the global media for millennia, but video games have enhanced the melancholic feeling of unrelenting loneliness. For instance, the amalgamation of first-person shooters with genres like apocalyptic horrors often produces the best gems in the gaming industry.
From droves of terrific mutants ravaging the remaining humans to a dystopian cyberpunk world controlled by AI, the apocalyptic genre comes in all shapes and sizes. One of the most prominent apocalyptic sub-genre are titles based on worlds suffering through nuclear aftermath.
Titles like Fallout often cross the mind when discussing a nuclear wasteland’s survival horrors. However, Prominent series like STALKER have helped us live through the experiences of unforeseen nuclear aftermath where weird anomalies have taken over the Chornobyl exclusion zone.
STALKER is based on an alternate reality where the non-linear storyline, alongside the roleplaying elements, wholly extends the atmospheric horror. STALKER was ahead of its time, garnering a huge fanbase despite having various hindrances like unoptimized gameplay and some glitches. However, the spark is reignited in the community due to the latest news.
An American blogger, Nevajno1kto, reportedly got access to an early version of STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl for consoles. The blogger elaborates that the release of the whole trilogy is planned for the future. The Stalker console build is worked on alongside the STALKER 2, which ought to release in the first half of next year. Ruling by the replies on the network, some partakers managed to launch the title.
Nevajno1kto dumped a giant archive of more than 4 GB with an early version likely for testing and instructions for running the game. The title manages to run but ends up crashing on PCs with AMD graphics cards after a while, as reported. This early build also has gamepad support. It is worth noting that there are no confirmations regarding the build yet; some fans suspect that it could be a mod.
There are disparities between the original interface and other elements in the gameplay when compared to this early build. The source states that the STALKER console version is being brewed on an altered X-Ray Engine. However, the build is not being developed by GSC Game World itself. The passionate studio only overlooks and supervises the development.
GSC Gameworld has not yet officially addressed the massive leak. This move will benefit the STALKER franchise a lot, considering the console players have long wished for the franchise to release there. It is worth mentioning that STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl might only release on Xbox consoles due to the existing partnership with Microsoft.
The players will be able to fend off otherworldly beings and analyze strange changes in local fauna, flora, and laws of physics again soon enough as the release of STALKER 2 draws near. STALKER 2 Collector’s edition can be pre-ordered on Amazon to receive various goodies like a STALKER figurine.
However, the love for STALKER: Shadow Of Chernobyl is still strong, with fanciers anticipating playing it on consoles soon enough. What are your thoughts about the game possibly arriving on consoles? Do let us know your opinions in the comments below.
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