Stalker Shadow Of Chernobyl Will Apparently Get A Console Port Soon
After over a decade, original Stalker is heading to consoles.
According to recently leaked footage from Stalker Shadow of Chernobyl, a 2021 build of the game apparently supports the PlayStation gamepad, which might be a hint at an upcoming console port for Xbox and PlayStation before the sequel arrives in 2023.
As shared by Duty Warrior on YouTube, the latest leaked build of Stalker Shadow of Chernobyl features an updated UI. Also, you can spot a console-friendly inventory system that makes it easier for controller players to navigate through the inventory.
It’s yet to be seen whether the project is still on track to launch, but the leaker believes that we will probably hear something official about this console port in 2023, before the launch of Stalker 2 Heart of Chernobyl. Also, it remains unknown whether GSC Game World plans to launch all three Stalker games on consoles or they will only deliver the original game.
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Stalker Shadow of Chernobyl was the first game in the Stalker series that received welcoming reviews by gamers back in 2007, thanks to its incredibly haunting atmosphere of a post-apocalyptic Chernobyl. The game then received two additional sequels which expanded the core gameplay mechanics in different ways, however, none were considered a true sequel to the original title.
GSC Game World once started to develop Stalker 2 back in 2009, but the team eventually had to cancel the project in 2012, the year that it was supposed to be launched. Six years later, the developers reunited again in 2018 to begin the development of Stalker 2 once again. The game now benefits from Unreal Engine 5 to deliver a true 9th-gen visual experience. It is supposed to be available on Xbox Series X|S and PC, but some leaks suggest that it will also be available on PS5 a few months after its initial release.
Stalker 2 was first supposed to be launched in Spring 2022, but then the developers pushed it back to Q4 2022. The game was then delayed to 2023 due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as GSC Game World is a Ukraine-based studio. Currently, you can purchase the previous iterations of Stalker on Steam, the outcome of which will be dedicated to the Ukrainians whose lives have been affected by war.