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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl from Ukrainian developer GSC Game World has a brand new trailer and thankfully no more delays as it's still going to release on September 5th.

"Chornobyl Exclusion Zone has changed dramatically after the second massive explosion in year 2006. Violent mutants, deadly anomalies, warring factions have made the Zone a very tough place to survive. Nevertheless, artifacts of unbelievable value attracted many people called S.T.A.L.K.E.R.s, who entered the Zone for their own risk striving to make a fortune out of it or even to find the Truth concealed in the Heart of Chornobyl."

With a huge borderless open-world and a non-linear story, check out the brand new trailer below:

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This is the part where I confess to you something terrible, that you're going to rinse me in the comments for…I've put all of maybe 20 minutes into the originals. I just…don't get them. Considering how big they were originally, and still are loved by many even now, I guess I'm really missing something here.

With the previous games all having a pretty good ProtonDB rating, I'm hopeful this next one won't have too many issues. Proton has come such a long way that it's easy to get excited about huge games like this just being playable in a click or two on Linux thanks to Valve.

You can pre-purchase on Steam.

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Not surprising you didnt get them Liam, considering it relies heavily on understanding Eastern European/post-Soviet culture

Wonder how the game will do outside the post-Soviet sphere, if they still kept the cultural references or tried to "mainstream it"
pb Jun 9
It's ok not to like a popular game. I have a lot of "overwhelmingly positive" games on ignore list.
Dorrit Jun 9
Quoting: Cato-the-youngerif they still kept the cultural references or tried to "mainstream it"
This.
I can't help but look at this game through prism of Russian/Ukrainian war.

Previous version of game was purely in Russian.
Now upcoming title, at least the trailer of the game seems to be in Ukrainian.

Considering that likely one of reasons that original game was so popular - BECAUSE it was in Russian.

And while I am half Ukrainian myself, my native tongue is Russian. And... I did understand 90% of trailer no problem. Even though it was in Ukranian.

I can't help but wonder, if there will be a Russian speaking version of the game. It will be a shame if not. Since good chunk of Ukraine does not speak Ukrainian, but speaks Russian.
Quoting: Dmitri SeletskiI can't help but look at this game through prism of Russian/Ukrainian war.

Previous version of game was purely in Russian.
Now upcoming title, at least the trailer of the game seems to be in Ukrainian.

Considering that likely one of reasons that original game was so popular - BECAUSE it was in Russian.

And while I am half Ukrainian myself, my native tongue is Russian. And... I did understand 90% of trailer no problem. Even though it was in Ukranian.

I can't help but wonder, if there will be a Russian speaking version of the game. It will be a shame if not. Since good chunk of Ukraine does not speak Ukrainian, but speaks Russian.

They said there wont be. In fact one of the delays of the game was them switching from Russian to Ukrainian. The language swap and not offering Russian is one of the main reasons why many Russian speakers are boycotting the game unfortunately. It was also the cause of many scandals for this game.
I never got into it either,picked it up on gog years ago, like you tried it for 20 minutes wasn't really my cup of tea

I do like the metro games though
scaine Jun 9
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Played the originals back in 2018 for the first time - struggled with it for a couple of hours, trying to see the "magic" that everyone loved about this series, but it didn't click for me either. Good to hear it's cultural references, and not gameplay that made it so beloved.

I doubt I'll pick this up. It looks very similar in style to the Metro series, and I've had my fill of them.
M@GOid Jun 9
Lets hope this one will not have the same level of bugs the previous games are infamous for.

While it is spoken on Ukranian, there is official subtitles in Russian, so at least there is rope it will be a option in the game.
Nezchan Jun 9
It's certainly a far cry from The Zone in Roadside Picnic, where every single step has the potential to be deadly. Or much worse.
Quoting: M@GOidLets hope this one will not have the same level of bugs the previous games are infamous for.

While it is spoken on Ukranian, there is official subtitles in Russian, so at least there is rope it will be a option in the game.

The subtitles were only added after a massive outcry amongst fans and many fans say that is not enough if you keep in mind that the game was already entirely voiced in Russian (the company just refuses to add it punishing people who have no stake in current events). So the Russian voice over exists and for many Russian speaking players from the post Soviet space (in Ukraine too), subtitles are not enough.

My guess is they will try to streamline it for western audiences to replace the Russian speaking players. Perhaps it will have good sales on the back of political pro-Ukrainian gamers, perhaps not. Its hard to guess how the game will do.


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