S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clears Sky August 29

Prequel to GSC Game World's postnuclear meltdown shooter Shadow of Chernobyl will be dropping its payload this summer.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, the follow-up to last year's S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, has officially been dated by the game's creator.

Developed by Ukraine-based GSC Game World, the PC title will ship worldwide on August 29. Set in 2011, Clear Sky takes place before the events of Shadow of Chernobyl, a first-person survival game that put gamers in the role of a mysterious amnesia-suffering scavenger trying to come to grips with the aftermath of Chernobyl's radioactive wasteland, complete with paranormal activity, mutant creatures, and competing scavengers--armed to the teeth, no less.

According to GSC Game World, "S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky introduces an alternative look at the events of the original game and offers the player [the chance] to try himself out as a mercenary S.T.A.L.K.E.R. in search of his own path in the world of S.T.A.L.K.E.R."

For more on Clear Sky, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of the game, or head over to GSC Game World's official Web site.

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cyrone0us
cyrone0us

o boy time to pee myself all over again. i hope they make this more solid than the last where you could literally just jog from level to level :/ probably not though, but i guess the solution to that is willingly play it how you're supposed to. PC vs Console: im the type who needs complete and perfect control over my video games, when i play something like assassins creed on a pc it doesnt ever feel right, but on console its just right. however when it comes to an fps title, i dont give a damn about how good you are on an xbox controller, even the most mediocre pc gamer would rape an xbox vet at say halo or what have you. im not belittling any xbox champions out there im just saying, the control a pc gives you cannot be matched. outside of that graphically i dont just switch to pc because it looks prettier, hardware willing it will look better but these days everything looks good. this is all common sense why am i typing this shut up.

martianrobot
martianrobot

Haven't completed the first game yet... but then, as this is a prequel, I guess it doesn't matter! To add to the ridiculous PC vs Console debate, the reason I havent completed it is because I moved from PC to Xbox 360 for nearly all my gaming - I'm 39 years old and work in IT so I sit in front of a PC all day and it's the last thing I want to do when I get home. Not that sitting in front of an HDTV is much different, but at least I'm sitting on a comfy sofa with my feet up more than 3 feet away from the screen and not grippin an RSI-inducing mouse! It's true that for FPS the PC control can be a lot faster and more precise, but after some initial difficulty I soon got used to the 360 gamepad and now prefer it to being hunched over a keyboard and mouse any day. I've just played all of the Half-Life 2 games on the Xbox and generally found it to be as good an experience (if not better) than when I played them on PC, and I spent more time playing than optimising my system. Perhaps I miss the definition and details of playing games at 1680x1050, but the 360 does a good job with most stuff. I wish they made STALKER for the 360 though, as its the only game I'm missing. I did play Stalker using a wired Xbox 360 controller with my PC plugged into my HDTV for a while. Lack of mouse controls on the menu was a bit of a pain, the resolution (1280x720) not too brilliant for the text and the gamepad needed a third party app to work properly which did cause a few glitches, but on the whole it was okay to play. Still, I might just have to get Clear Sky for my PC and grin and bear it ;)

Grimmir
Grimmir

I'm not a person that gets easily scared. I've been watching dark and horror movies with no more than a blink of my right eye, and it was because I had some eye lashes stuck in there. Now, when I played S.T.A.L.K.E.R., I assure you, I had to use the nappies of my 6 months old nephew to make sure I could sh*t myself without the embarrassment of having to change my pants. In one word: Amazing. Great story, amazing new ideas, great graphics - and I didn't have it at maximum, and of course, the atmosphere. I will always remember when I entered in the first Lab on the game, and well, I mean, the noises, the sound of metal being bent under the weight of a nasty thing lurking in the dark. Buff, mind-blowing. I was just reaching a corner in a long corridor, absolutely dark but from a few lights blinking on the walls, when, from out of nowhere, this howling comes to my hears and suddenly, a beast jumps at me without giving me time to react. I hit my knee against my PC desk from the jump :S I really have big hopes for this game, I felt that there were some missing pieces from the puzzle left unanswered on the 1st game, so I think that this is gonna make everything fall in place. That's gonna be incredible!

cbu97
cbu97

Lol I can't believe people still argue about PC vs console. So I've got a PC and a 360. I've got favorite games on both, I get bored with one I go to the other. But, I do like multi-player better on the pc because I rarely hear any idiots singing or kids acting stupid. Oh, and I enjoyed stalker a good bit, especially after it was patched. I'll take gameplay over graphics any day of the week. btw, all of the above is my opinion, and as they say opinions are like a sphincter, everybody has one

medicine_freak
medicine_freak

Post that ends all pc vs console wars: Reasons why PCs own: 1. Right now, a $500 rig would blow any and all "next lolgen" consoles. You don't believe me? http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/$500_gaming_pc_upgrade/ 2. Mods, patches. Infinite possibilities. Even free Quality games (Check upcoming Battlestar galactica: Beyond the red line) 3. Multiplayer. Always better on the PC. 4. Multiplatforms: Most games that are exclusive to one console, eventually make its way to the PC, but remain exclusive from the other consoles: (Mass effect, Gears of War, Halo) 5. Strategy games and FPS multi-player is No.1 on the PC. There is no way around it. Advantages of Consoles: 1. Relatively cheap rig initially. But if you really want to take advantage of that rig, you need a good sized HD t.v. Which costs a good sum of money. 2. Family / T.V. Setting. Nice for a group of people activity. But again, a PC gamer can get wireless controllers / game pads and hook his PC to his H.D. TV. 3. Exclusive games that get released earlier on the Consoles than on the PC: GTA IV.

nl5913
nl5913

Looking good! I hope the enviroment is even bigger and packed full of even more suprises! I personally liked the old Stalker because of the small "gang" shoot-outs you can have while on your way to a quest, whether thats helping a Stalker group or bashing the hell out of duty! Hope they keep that part going!

noupa
noupa

@uberjannie 2011 refers to the year the game is played out in, the release date I'm asuming is this august since the graphics look tweaked at best. I hope they make sure it doesn't have the graphics issues the last one did nor the blotchy english voice overs or sounded effects or quest gliches. Although the atmosphere and insanley realistic feel of everything heavily out weighs those points if they managed to make this game up to specs it could be a seriously addictive shooter.

uberjannie
uberjannie

damn. I still have my copy of stalker but havent bothered trying to complete it. Played 2 hours. I dont think im going to buy a copy of clear sky. In 2011 (more likely 2013), the engine they are developing will be overpushed like in stalker. Even with 16 cores cpus and 8 core graphic cards, I got a feeling Clear Sky will stutter..

bucketmaster
bucketmaster

Yours is rubbish - mines is better - na na naa na naa naa! :-Þ

thenewau25
thenewau25

hope it turns better than the first

greyzhaze
greyzhaze

Att: ctg867 This whole conflict of 360 vs Pc is an age old war of mines better than yours, and quite frankly, the PC has always been the best choice. On release of the "next gen" console, yes, the console is at par and betters the current mid market pc gamer rig. You wait 6 months (at most) mid market pc rigs are on par or faster than your "next gen" console. I feel sorry for all the conosle gamers trying to justify their purchase choice of the console. The fact thereafter is, this is a trend, when the console owner realises that their "uber" beast has been banished by the mid market PC, they tend to make remarks and comments about futile nonsense. I am still an owner of a PS1 (the only console that appealed), however, any PC game release from that / to was better, as simple as that. AS for the Stalker story of being buggy and needing higher end rigs... There are patches and updates for this. nuff said. On console, you will have bugs, the problem is you cannot mod or update or patch this.... hmmmmm.... problem. I understand that the 360 is appealing as it is in all essence a cheap PC. But being blown away by the price of games is not all that appealing. Considering you pay half the price for a bran new PC game. This is the second time I have been in a debate about mines better than yours etc..... nonsense. (referring to the PS2 release etc).... and this is all the same all over again. So ....ctg867 ... I highly recommend you get yourself a PC, its pointless to debate this any further. The purchase of the console is simply a delayed feeling of buyers remorse, ask you teacher at school about buyers remorse, its also has other terms. As for the kids playing WoW and only sometimes? ummmm.... lets reherse. They are kids, as i am assuming, so are you. Short attention spans, hormones and naive, (wow, in a sense that sums up the console games). Are you seeing the light. The point is Stalker is an in depth game requiring much more than what console has to offer (and I do hope that they manage to pull it off.... YAY for you). So, assuming you are still a student, I recommend to stay with DBZ and tekken and whatever else, and leave this to the big boys. (and i still do so enjoy those games.... the kid in me is out again :-) ). Nothing personal, this is all opinionated.

MindlessTeef
MindlessTeef

Deja Vu, anyone? I was hoping to see Clear Sky in March, but a good thing is worth the wait... not entirely sure the 5 years waiting for SoC was worth it, but hey... it was and is still a great FPS! And to Greyzhaze; play nice dude:) As for ctg867, CnC3 actually looks great on older machines as well, the engine is very well optimized. The had the time to do so afterall, it uses a updated version of Generals engine. GSC has anounced that they intend to create Stalker for X-Box, GSC as even talked to Microsoft regarding the technology they need to code for X-Box. Stalker could work fine on console, but I think what Greyzhaze also refer to is that GSC will have to "dumb" the game down a bit for console...

agnivolok1
agnivolok1

Awesome! I waited 3 years for stalkers release.As far as the game play i really enjoyed myself however the grafix looked kind of outdated.Other than that it was a very challenging experience,I still enjoy replaying the original.Its about time they release another chapter.Can't hardly wait.I hear it will be a directx10 release.I might finally get a game worthy of my 8800 gts sli setup.As far as the console controversy i don't play consoles.Prefer my home built gaming computer,thats why I built it.Try modding games with a console or playing mods on a console,Ha! i laugh in your face..Prefer keyboard and mouse as I find controllers awkward anyways.But to each their own. JMO.

Cerebyss
Cerebyss

Wicked. Hope this will be good.

Koal_Jadian
Koal_Jadian

Sounds good, I had alot fun with the first one.

-Origin-
-Origin-

Finally, a release date. I'm really looking forward to this game, I love stalker, I'm actually playing it again right now for old time sake, and It's still my favorite shooter of 07'. I know that the guys at GSC Game World will to an outstanding job on this game. But with stalker, they really set the bar high so they're expected to deliver a lot to the fans.

bucketmaster
bucketmaster

@ ctg867 My little brother has an Xbox360 and a Wii - so dont tell me i dont know anything about them. And I have yet to see a FPS for the PS3 that supports mouse and keyboard for moving / shooting etc. "Yes, I will continue to play my "kiddie" console, which contains the beter playing, better quality, better selling games and the better, more user friendly, higher quality features." :- Youve not got a clue pal. Firstly - the reason we call it 'kiddie' is because the majority of console gamers are kids because as you say its more "user friendly" - thats how more games will sell for them. Soon as kids grow up and learn how to control using mouse and keyboard PC's with graphics cards will be bought. And as far as the japan story goes - all the Japs play is fighting games and Pokemon/Dragon ball nonsense and the PC doesnt lower itself to release crap like that. And i dont know how you can say console has "better playing games, better quality or higher quality features" - have you ever seen a good PC before or are you still using your mums old 386 IBM? I feel sorry for you not being able to play games like Stalker or Crysis or Battlefield 2142 - which by the way work completely fine on my PC and it didnt cost anywhere near £1000. You might pay 350 quid for yer xbox but you will pay between 40 and 70 quid for a game - you'd be lucky to pay anywhere near that for PC games so in the long run you will be losing a lot of money. I bought Frontlines the other week for £17 and on the xbox it was £40 odd. I'd rather pay the 17 quid and download a patch than pay 40 quid odd for 1 game.

ctg867
ctg867

@ miladesn2 Yes, because that's a very intellignet and mature way to respond to my post, I appreciate it. @ kaziechameleon Yes, it's a huge conspiracy. I'm trying to further push Microsoft and Sony's agendas through a News article on GameSpot. Creative doesn't mean good, and neither does independent. Sometimes both things lead to a game that has style, but no substance, and no money to back it up or make it good. If you want to see a game that's creative, but not independent, and of very high quality, pick up Shadow of the Colossus, a PS2 game. Stalker on the other hand had some style, but not enough stubstance to make it good IMO. The game was full of bugs and problems, things that would never get through testing on a console, and just missing a lot of things that would of made it so much more fun. In America, you rarely see PC games at retail pop up anywhere in the NPD numbers. Not withstanding notable excepts like WoW, and sometimes The Sims, for obvious reasons. As for the download space, I really wouldn't know, because services like Steam are run by companies that are oblivious to the state of PC gaming, and don't release their sales numbers, which could in turn paint a better light around PC gaming. Out of US, PC games do better, but still, you see consoles doing better. In Japan, you have Nintendo, and in Europe you have Sony. Please, next time know what your talking about before you post. As for piracy, it's extremely rampant on the PC. Companies like Infinity Ward have been forced to bring out their key titles like Call of Duty on the consoles, because PC sales can't sustain development costs, in large part due to piracy. They've even come out and said that themselves. As for console piracy, yes it does exist, but isn't nearly as big of a problem. It's much harder to do, requiring mod chips, complicated DVD burner software and custom ROMs. Plus, you would never be able to take those consoles online for long this day and age, because the console, and your IP would be banned from that online sevice. @ silent_espy Yes, I will continue to play my "kiddie" console, which contains the beter playing, better quality, better selling games and the better, more user friendly, higher quality features. (Again, not withstanding WoW) @ djtim_3000 Again, you would actually know what your saying is false if you knew anything about console gaming. There are many indie stylized, and true indie development games on the consoles. And if they actually are good, not buggy, and are marketed right, then they'll sell. Stalker does not fall into that category IMO, and sales and reviews will back me up on that. @ bucketmaster If they released a version of Stalker which was much less buggy, and was a real quality game, then yea, I'd play it on the consoles. And if I so choose, I could plug in a keyboard and mouse into my PS3, because the PS3 can do that. No offense, but you might know if you knew anything about the console space. @ greyzhaze Many $1,000 PCs couldn't handle Stalker, but not because it was a heavy running game. Just because it was full of bugs and scalled horribly. Yes, with a good developer, it could run on the consoles just fine, and quality control from Microsoft and Sony would make sure it wasn't so buggy that it would cause problems like it did on the PC. As for your C&C3 comparison, you'd need a $1,000+ PC to run it better then my $350 Xbox 360 can. If that makes PCs better, then I guess they are. Piracy was bad on the PS1, yes, never said it wasn't. But these days, piracy is rampant on PC compared to the consoles, and console makers continue to make it harder and harder to pirate game. Ie: needing mod chips, motherboard/chipset changes, can't ever connect it online, complex DVD burning and ROMs, etc. As for the serious gamer comment, the couple hundread kids in my school who only play WoW, and don't play that much of it prove that that comment is completely relative, and completely ignorant.

IcyToasters
IcyToasters

Cardshark86, The SEVEN endings were mostly all lessons. And well done. And the graphics were incredibley detailed, and along with the lighting, I prefer its graphics over even Crysis.... Each to their own, though.

skyhawkvn
skyhawkvn

I play most FPS games. At first time playing, this game seems not so interesting much for me but I played it over again and I have to say I LOVE THIS GAME. I played over 10 times, to discover the world of Chernobyl, free playing, changing attitude in game. The shooting in this game so most realistic than other. I cant wait for CS!!!!

cardshark86
cardshark86

I liked Stalker, but it was ultimatly kind of a let down: HORRIBLE end game Buggy Bad UI (a matter of taste, but IMO) Dated GFX (I know, thast not the most important, but its hard to over look compared to what available now.) I played it, enjoyed it, whatever. I always felt I was "almost" playing a game. Like it had tons of potential, but they just didn't quite follow though.

tsb247
tsb247

I am anxiously awaiting the release of this game. I still play S.T.A.L.K.E.R. frequently just for fun. I have never played such an immersive game in my life, and I am REALLy excited t osee what Clear Sky has to offer.

bucketmaster
bucketmaster

@ WizengamotX i would say play Shadow of chernobyl 1st only bcoz its such a class story. and theres more to come (hopefully) . But heres hoping that the newer version supports SLI

Kornfr33k7
Kornfr33k7

the first one was simply amazing. I cant remember playing a game that completely took over your mind just by simply walking through its environments. this game was very underrated. The second one should be just as good if not better.

sinister_id
sinister_id

I liked STALKER simply because there are almost no first person shooter rpgs. I will definitely be checking this one out.

Darkreaper_1
Darkreaper_1

I won't be buying this. Was really disappointed with the first STALKER and i still think it's one of the most over rated games.

WizengamotX
WizengamotX

So if I haven't played SoC yet, would I play this first or second in order? Help?

Frost71
Frost71

wouldn't be shocked if this saw a delay...or six...

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

So this is the content that was cut before release from SoC

GameFreak501
GameFreak501

@Targzissian Actually, much of the content that will be in Clear Sky is probably simply content that was cut out from Shadow of Chernobyl (maps, textures, game concepts, etc). So if they already had that data, it would make sense that they could release it sooner. They would still have to create new content, but not as much as for Shadow of Chernobyl.

greyzhaze
greyzhaze

Humorguy_basic well said. thanks, nearly lost it there

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

No.1 reason now for PC gaming- mods and patches!! Faikies mod for STALKER was brilliant and the first patch that made framerate better as well as bug-fixes really did the business too!

greyzhaze
greyzhaze

At ctg867: DUMB@55 !!!! 1. Console cannot handle Stalker (drawing distance etc)... have you seen CnC 3 on console? 2. PC is better 3. Piracy since PS1 has proven that... wow.... consoles have the largest threat of piracy. (why?... reasone no. xyz is because price of console games are outragous compared to PC) 4. PC is reserved for the more serious gamers. 5. I am trying not to go off the point here and lose the plot. wow people like you really need to move forward swiftly. okay. I feel better now

piacj
piacj

I guess this was expected, considering GSCs history of delays, but if it's anywhere near as brilliant as SoC, it's well worth the wait.

bucketmaster
bucketmaster

Does anyone really want it to come out on console?? I mean have you ever tried playing a 'real' RPG on a console - its pure baws. without the mouse you will lose a lot of time out of your life fannying about with a crappy joystick trying to hover over the trade button. The game should be a belter tho, STALKER was an incredible game.

lBravolASTALKER
lBravolASTALKER

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greyzhaze
greyzhaze

OMG.... this sounds familiar! :-(. Stalker SoC was great after 1.0005 update. Hopefully this August release means the full package minus the bugs. Still an awesome game and my all time favourite FPS/RPG

lBravolASTALKER
lBravolASTALKER

Damnit. Oh well, I suppose I can wait for an epic game.

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

Move over Elder Scrolls.... This is the new RPG series for the future....!

SteyrKat
SteyrKat

Darn, I was also hoping it would release this spring...oh well looks like I'm going to have to wait a long time for every game I'm looking forward to.

beckoflight
beckoflight

Stalker is 3rd on my favorite FPS list ! HALF-LIFe 2 , FEAR , STALKER ! GG STALKER !

Avals
Avals

I doubt it really this year august.. I mean..last time they delayed almost 7-8 times..

Targzissian
Targzissian

I predict it will be delayed... Until 2009!!! (maybe) Well, the first game took so long to make. If this game is going to have anything like the depth and sophistication of the first one I imagine they would need more time. It's only been about one year since S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl was released.

djtim_3000
djtim_3000

@kaziechameleon I completely agree... you would never see a developer attempt something as creative AND as deep as STALKER on a console. And as Sins of a Solar Empire showed, if dev's make good games people will buy them...

Stalker700
Stalker700

Wow...that's...pretty far away.... Sad...I thought it will be available already in spring.. But I didn't took in account that it's GSC we're talking about here..

Rob_101
Rob_101

Nice to finally have a release date. I hope they fixed some of the issues with the first game and I just hope its a lot better than the first one. I'm not saying the first one was bad btw.