S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat prowling Feb. 2

GSC Game World's sequel to acclaimed survival shooter Shadow of Chernobyl heading stateside early next year.

GSC Game World gained a following in 2007 upon the release of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. The game gained critical acclaim for its immersive atmosphere, where players assumed the role of an amnesic scavenger looting rare artifacts several decades after the Chernobyl reactor explosion of 1986. In 2008, the Kiev, Ukraine-based developer released a prequel to the warmly received survival shooter, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, though it did not fare as well with critics.

An irradiated shotgun can be problematic.

Following the prequel's release, GSC Game World revealed that its next project would be a follow-up proper to Shadow of Chernobyl, titled S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat. Today, Viva Media and Bitcomposer Games announced a North American publishing deal for the PC game. The publishers also pegged an exact release date for the shooter, saying North American gamers can pick up Call of Pripyat on February 2.

A sequel to the events in Shadow of Chernobyl, Call of Pripyat drops players into the role of special agent Alexander Degtyarev. As the undercover operative, players are tasked with investigating the whereabouts of five missing military helicopters while also contending with the rival scavenger factions and radioactive mutants. Environments presented in the game include a secret military base, an abandoned factory, and the titular city of Pripyat.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat.

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86 comments
Re-Skull
Re-Skull

this game is nice, i have this. but actually the trailer is terrible... in CS and SOC versions, zone has very friendly people and i cant remember anyone in this game doing some Cheating-like attitudes. but in this version they put this... and making the zone as mental as than before !!! you can't trust the NPCs, so maybe they kidding or cheating you. in a word, BRUTAL !!!!

polarbearing
polarbearing

That is seriously the WORST game trailer I've ever seen. They were obviously pushing "atmosphere" in this vid and ended up showing serious game flaws instead. I really hope the game ends up being better than what they've shown us here.

pidow
pidow

I hope this one is better so I can play it!.

WTFitsPauL
WTFitsPauL

too bad this game is really buggy...

SUMMONO
SUMMONO

Had this weird feeling that my guns were made out of plastic when I played the game. Paid about 3 pounds for the game and 2 pounds for delivery and felt that it was a waste on Stalker Shadow of Chernobyl. Yeah sometimes people have different opinions.

joksterz78
joksterz78

The only thing I like about Stalker is the atmosphere.

LazyGamerX
LazyGamerX

Loved the stalker game but to be honest I didnt really like it until I installed a big mod pack. Hopefully this will have the improvements that were introduced in the mods for the first game.

ghstbstr
ghstbstr

The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games are my favorite games ever, and I just can't wait for Call of Pripyat. I also wish that theses S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games would be made on the Xbox360 and/or the PS3, as that would be soo cool.

mrklorox
mrklorox

The AI is VASTLY improved. Stealth is possible and enemies see range realistically. I've only had one single crash in my playthrough. It also runs smoother than any previous STALKER game. Many will appreciate this.

OB-47
OB-47

why did deathknight get a minus for saying ' I recognise both those enemies?' what the heck is wrong with people over here?

deathknight107
deathknight107

Oh christ I recognize both of those enemies... first one was puleld form the first game and the second....a snork...christ those thigns are creepy...

darklight86
darklight86

Can AI detect flashlights now plz? Stupid If they still cant see u from a mile if you're using it.

rht992
rht992

man i really love the stalker games but my PC's outdated now. nothing really works on it anymore

tyrosxps
tyrosxps

I'm Ukrainian, I beat this game already. I would say it's pretty good, better than Clear Sky, but too short. The maps are big and there are a lot more monsters running around than in Clear Sky. Ohh, and it's really dangerous and scary to go out at night, some of the most dangerous monsters (bloodsucker and chimera) come out only at night.

donsnypa
donsnypa

i actually own this game right npw theres a good translation out that dosnt do the voices but it does all the speech its far more engaging than stalkers clear skies and chinoble with no bugs !!!!!!!!!!(or at leaste no major ones) the new achivement stystem is a bomb i can stay outside in blowout from one of my achivement awards Oo also theres a smuggler or should i say thief XD you put in a order for a random rare gun/amour and he gets it but on your way out of the ship you get stoped by a stalke3r askign for his wep back word to the wise when you do get the money together to order 1 make sure you keep it in your back pack in the ship safezone ;) if you where a fan anyother stalkers games and just wanted em to get it right they have on this X) and a final lthought !!! the scopes siencers are click and drag now !!! (thats more imporrtant tahn yu think)

deadliest88
deadliest88

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SpacePirate6
SpacePirate6

@Hyperion_1400: Thank God... the Cryengine looks fantastic, but way too colorful and almost cartoony. Crysis looked fabulous, but lacked any real humidity or moisture, dust, etc. It looked like a picture=perfect postcard, but that worked out ok. In STALKER, that would look awful. The gritty nature of the X-Ray engine, and the distance it's come since it's creation, are two good reasons to keep it for now. However, it does have some annoying bugs :( Crysis Warhead tried to be more "atmospheric" with it's environments, but ultimately failed due to the fact that it didn't really look any better than the original, and that it was a total power hog.

SpacePirate6
SpacePirate6

@Dimetriko: You must have a computer that simply wont run it well... because SOC looked amazing... and Clear Sky which came later looks downright fantastic. Mind you, I have all my settings maxed out, including Direct X 10.1 style lighting. And its an FPS with gameplay like most others... you run around and kill enemies. The controls aren't sluggish or anything... Anyways, I thought it (or, they) were both terrific. The sound, on the other hand, pales in comparison to the community mod "Stalker Complete: 2009". That mod just makes all the sounds 100% better. It's also worth noting that the sounds folder from SC:09 can be placed into a gamedata folder in the Clear Sky directory, It works like a charm.

marco245
marco245

This engine has served it's duty. We need a proper game that looks proper and plays proper. I'm sure this game will be good (I love Stalker) but the engine was designed near the start of the millenium, but Stalker SOC took so long to develop. If possible, it would be awesome for them to wipe the blackboard and draw up a new engine.

Dimetriko
Dimetriko

I'm from Ucraine, but I hate this game.Is game with bad grafics and baf gamemplay.Only atmosphere is good, but all is so bad.

gizzy82
gizzy82

Haha that thing looks like the wee guy from labyrinth XD

Hyperion_1400
Hyperion_1400

"there will be a STALKER 2 based on the Cryengine 2 (or 3)" @hitomo The devs already shot that rumor down by posting on the official forums that they had no intention of using Cryengine as it would take too much time to re-learn how to program on it and that Cryengine is incapable of rendering the types of environments they are looking to create (e.g. A wide range lighting situations and environments, not just bloom covered outdoor environments) In all likely hood, they will be heavily modifying Xray to give it a more modernized feel. Although, I have to give them some major props for making their games look THAT good using an engine first coded in 2001!

jamike87
jamike87

this game is great! cant wait for the US release!!!

swmeek
swmeek

Let's hope it's not as buggy as the first game ! Looks effing awesome none the less!

turok0
turok0

STALKER is the best fps of all time

uyiop0t
uyiop0t

Looks awesome, definitely buying this.

hitomo
hitomo

the game is just cool ... the graphics look a bit oldskool now, and for some reason you cant choose high textures in some (russian?) releases ... but still, the lightning and shadows are just the best of the whole industry, with DX11 and tesselation support, this game still 'lloks just too real at times' .... there will be a STALKER 2 based on the Cryengine 2 (or 3) ....

Excedra
Excedra

i dont like the graphics thats all, but cheers to the scariest pc franchise of all time!!!!!!

NavIGOtoR25
NavIGOtoR25

I've player Call of Prypyat, because in Russia it was released by October. I think CoP is more various, attractive and independent in A-life! It's better than Clear Sky, and not the dbest, because Shadow of Chernobyl was the first and had got an unsurpassed atmosphere!

Scisor50
Scisor50

Clear Sky kind of took the spook away. Hope this one is like the original STALKER. If so, I'm grabbing a copy.

dakan45
dakan45

Normally i would say after the very similar clear sky i am not gonna buy this one!! After seen this trailer, i would say that i am gonna buy it if its exactly like that!!! (Which i doubt!!) So after checking the gameplay videos in youtube (The game is out in Russia many monhts now...)... I would say that i am not impressed!!! But people who played it, said that its better than both games together!!! So i guess i am gonna wait and see!!

BDK-Soft
BDK-Soft

Grabbing this on day one.

ag07017
ag07017

This one will be the most gripping game in years. can't wait to grab this one.

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

I wasn't that impressed with past titles. I am really looking foward to this one though.

biokrysty
biokrysty

awesome it's one of the greatest game ever i hope the story will show smth

gamer082009
gamer082009

The lighting effects look pretty good. I just hope the game plays as good as it looks.

antonpov
antonpov

Well I played the Russian version, since I know the language, and I can vouch that not only is it an excellent rebound from the so-so Clear Sky, but it hasn't given a single performance problem, very stable this time around.

Lockedge
Lockedge

@ parrot_of_adun Hah! Honestly, the Bar was the WORST for annoying looping phrases. Friggin Snitch(I think that's what his name was). What a bum. :P

sonic0491
sonic0491

Creepy! The first game was SO hard though!

Xeonz
Xeonz

Sidorovich: Marked One...what the hell?!

Revan_911
Revan_911

Good news. I am getting it, but i hope they polish it a little, and not release it with tons of bugs like Clear Sky.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

[Stranger in Bar]: Hey Stalker, I always have something interesting for people like you [You]: *ignore* [Stranger]: Hey Stalker, I always have something interesting for people like you [You]: *ignore* [Stranger]: Hey Stalker, I always have something interesting for people like you [You]: FINE, what is it? [Stranger]: I don't have any information for you right now...

toad1956
toad1956

Looks so cool. I just hope it is less buggy then the other two.

maulstik
maulstik

Get out of here STALKER!