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Thread: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2

  1. #151
    Member
    Registered: Sep 2006
    I don't have to eat everyday, do I?

    Seriously though, I'll probably grab the Ultimate digital version. Good thing it's coming to Steam because that was my number one concern, that it'd be an EGS exclusive. Would have prefered it on GOG but oh well. I mean it's stalker, one of the last few AAA games I'm interested in, might as well go for the pre-order right away as I'll not skip it even if the reviews are awful.

  2. #152
    verbose douchebag
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Lyon, France
    That looks really nice.
    I've just installed Autumn Aurora for a play through of SoC.

  3. #153
    Latest news about S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is that it will use NFTs.

  4. #154
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2003
    Location: flapping in the wind
    My interest in something has rarely plummeted this fast.

  5. #155
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2002
    Location: Edmonton
    And they already walked it back, thank goodness. NFTs are a scourge and should be opposed at every turn.

  6. #156
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2003
    Location: flapping in the wind
    Glad to hear it, although the sleazy feeling lingers. Fan backlash is one thing, but Valve has also banned NFTs on Steam and Phil Spencer is on record for not being a fan either, although it seems he makes a distinction between "exploitative" NFTs and NFTs that presumably aren't. Maybe they figured they'd go Epic exclusive if they couldn't argue with Valve that they're not selling NFTs within the game itself so it should be fine, but their Microsoft partnership made that more complicated?

    Apparently right before canceling the plans they posted and then immediately deleted a defense of the thing:

    https://i.ibb.co/zPFXchh/image.png
    DEAR STALKERS,

    WE WANT OT GIVE A DETAILED COMMENT ON YESTERDAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT OF NTF-BONUSES FOR S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2.

    GSC GAME WORLD IS AN INDEPENDENT GAME DEVELOPMENT STUDIO. WE HAVE NO PUBLISHER, BUT WE DO HAVE WONDERFUL PARTNERS, AN INCREDIBLE TEAM, AND A DREAM OF A GAME THAT YOU WILL SINCERELY LOVE. JUST LIKE ALL THE OTHER DEVS, WE NEED TWO MAIN RESOURCES: TIME AND MONEY.

    S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: HEART OF CHERNOBYL IS TRUELY THE BIGGEST AND THE MOST COMPLEX GAME WE HAVE EVER CREATED. ALL THE FUNDS THAT WE EARN DURING THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS (INCLUDING THE POTENTIAL INCOME FROM NFT) WILL BE SPENT ON IMPROVING THE LONG-AWAITED GAME TO MAKE IT EVEN BETTER.

    WHY DID WE CHOOSE NFT? TI'S A NEW TECHNOLOGY, AND WE ARE EAGER TO «DO NFT RIGHT»: GIVE CERTAIN FANS AN OPPORTUNITY «TO GET INTO» THE GAME WITHOUT INTERFERING WITH OTHER PLAYERS' EXPERIENCE. THAT'S WHY THE TOKENS ARE ENTIRELY OPTIONAL AND HAVE NO IMPACT ON GAMEPLAY OR STORY (NO WEAPONS, QUETS, LOCATIONS, ETC.) AND CAN BE ACTIVATED ONLY BEFORE THE GAME RELEASE.

    YESTERDAY WE ANNOUNCED THE FIRST TOKENS — THE FACES OF SEVERAL NPCS. THEY AREN'T EVEN INVOLVED IN THE STORY. BUT SOME OF YOU THOUGHT WE WOULD GO A BIT TOO FAR FROM HERE. THAT'S WHY WE WANT TO TRANSPARENTLY DISCLOSE OUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE NFTS. WE ARE GOING TO IMPLEMENT (NICK)NAMES OF THE OWNERS ON SOME IN-GAME DESKS/WALLS/ETC, (PLEASE REMEMBER IT'S A LARGE OPEN WORLD WE'RE TALKING ABOUT), GLOVES/TATTOOS, SKINS/BADGES FOR THE MULTIPLAYER MODE (RELEASING AS A FREE UPDATE AFTER THE STORY CAMPAIGN) AND COLLECTIBLE CARDS (DMARKET PLATFORM ONLY, NO INTEGRATION IN S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2).

    DMARKET WAS CHOSEN AS A PARTNER AS A VIDEOGAME-ONLY BLOCKCHAIN PLATFORM. THEY LOVE GAMES, AND THEY WERE EAGER TO WORK WITH US ON THIS KIND OF SOFT NFT REALIZATION. DMARKET WORKS ON A PRIVATE BLOCKCHAIN SYSTEM WITH BRIDGES INTO OTHER NETWORKS (SUCH AS POLYGON AND SOLANA) WITH PRIORITY TO PROVIDE LOW ENERGY CONSUMPTION AND MINIMIZE CO2-EMMISSIONS AND OTHER NEGATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS.

    IN THIS STATEMENT, WE ARE AS HONEST WITH YOU AS WE CAN. WE ARE NOT ASKING FOR SUUPPORT, BUT AT LEAST WE HOPE YOU CAN HEAR US AND UNDERSTAND OUR REASONS.

    THE TEXT TURNED OUT TO BE VERY BIG: THANK YOU FOR READING IT TILL THE END. PELASE ACCEPT OUR APOLOGIES FOR YESTERDAY'S MISCOMMUNICATION AND ALL THE FEELSINGS IT CAUSED. WE KNOW THAT YOU WISH ONLY THE BEST FOR OUR GAME, AND WE APPRECIATE IT.

    WITH LOVE

    GSC GAME WORLD TEAM.
    I love the "Do NFT Right" and "To Get Into" the game quote marks, straight out of their board meeting NFT hype presentation.

  7. #157
    PC Gamering Smartey Man
    I <3 consoles and gamepads

    Registered: Aug 2007
    Location: New Zealand
    Game might get cancelled because of Russian invasion into the Ukraine. Oh well.

    GSC Game World is a Ukrainian video game developer based in Kyiv.
    ...
    Headline: Russian troops approach Kyiv as explosions heard across the Ukrainian capital
    Last edited by EvaUnit02; 25th Feb 2022 at 14:08.

  8. #158
    Member
    Registered: Aug 2004
    They literally fought a battle in Chernobyl. Hopefully they'll survive and maybe even have new inspiration.

  9. #159
    It's a pity, I hope the war will end soon, peaceful people are not to blame for the fact that the governments of the two countries do not understand each other. I've been waiting for this game for a year now but compared to human lives, the game is not important at all.

  10. #160
    Member
    Registered: Sep 2005
    Location: Not Kansas
    Quote Originally Posted by Pyrian View Post
    They literally fought a battle in Chernobyl. Hopefully they'll survive and maybe even have new inspiration.
    Russian soldiers are being treated for acute radiation sickness (and many have already died from same) after following orders to dig trenches in the area of the Exclusion Zone called the Red Forest. The soldiers had no idea that area was one of the most highly contaminated from the 1986 Chernobyl incident, in fact, many of them had no idea of how dangerous the Exclusion Zone still is.

    'Digging trenches in the forest—considered the most contaminated area of the site—drew widespread ridicule from Ukrainians who work at the site.'

    Ignorance is obviously not bliss.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/russian-t...083839177.html

  11. #161
    Member
    Registered: Sep 2005
    Location: Not Kansas
    I've been wondering about GSC (their HQ is in Kyiv) and how the company and its staff are faring during these last few months. After doing a search found a recent update to Wiki's article on that company: 'In response to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, GSC posted a tweet urging fans and game journalists to donate to the Ukrainian Armed Forces and provided special accounts for donations.'

    Just like everyone else in the free world, I am horrified by Russia's war against the Ukraine and I know it seems so trivial to worry about one company and its employees, yet I needed to know. I pray for a quick resolution in which Ukraine is the victor!

    P.S. Sorry for the double post.

  12. #162
    PC Gamering Smartey Man
    I <3 consoles and gamepads

    Registered: Aug 2007
    Location: New Zealand
    Delayed to 2023.


    They also released a dev diary regarding the Russia-Ukraine invasion.

  13. #163
    Member
    Registered: Sep 2005
    Location: Not Kansas
    Quote Originally Posted by EvaUnit02 View Post
    Delayed to 2023.
    This time I doubt the delay was GSC's fault. Looks fascinating, though. Thanks for sharing, Eva!

  14. #164
    PC Gamering Smartey Man
    I <3 consoles and gamepads

    Registered: Aug 2007
    Location: New Zealand
    Quote Originally Posted by Dia View Post
    This time I doubt the delay was GSC's fault.
    There was one guy in the developer diary who said that he no idea if his parents were even alive. War is so unnecessary.

  15. #165
    Moderator
    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    A quick update posted yesterday (8 Sept. 2023):

    The GSC Game World studio suffered a fire that destroyed one of the floors used by the company.

    The authors of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl from the studio GSC Game World moved largely to Prague after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
    According to our information, there was a fire in the team offices last night.
    We received the report from two independent trusted sources who wish to remain anonymous.
    An electrical installation fire broke out in a high-rise building in Na Pankráci Street. Five fire units responded to the scene. Several dozen people were evacuated.
    According to the Prague municipality website, there were 30 people, according to the Požary.cz website, 20 people.

    Fortunately, there were no injuries in the fire and the damage was tentatively estimated at 1.5 million crowns.

    One of the three floors of the GSC Game World studio was said to have been affected by the fire.
    We have a photo from the scene which indicates that the fire devastated the office equipment and the interior itself.
    However, we cannot publish it.
    It was said to be the most important floor with backup servers.
    The other two were not affected by the fire.

    We have no information at this time as to whether this event may affect the completion of the game in any way.
    We are investigating further details. If we learn something new, we will update the article.

    Translation is via Google Translate

    Source: Vortex-CZ
    That studio has had a bad run of luck, from delays, hackers, a war & relocation, and now this fire. I hope they can weather the storm and that their work hasn't been lost.

  16. #166
    Member
    Registered: May 2004
    Fortunately, there were no injuries in the fire and the damage was tentatively estimated at 1.5 million crowns.
    I thought the Czech would have switched over to the euro by now, but apparently not. Anyways, that's about 60 000 euros / 65 000 US dollars. Must have had some expensive equipment in there, unless this is the estimate for the whole building.

  17. #167
    PC Gamering Smartey Man
    I <3 consoles and gamepads

    Registered: Aug 2007
    Location: New Zealand
    I hope that all of this scripted cutscene, casual audience + game journalist bait horseshit is largely avoidable + minimal. I want to spend most of my time utilising gameplay systems to survive while exploring an atmospheric sandbox, stumbling upon cool handcrafted content.

    EDIT: Just occurred to me that it'll be a blessing that this will be Day 1 in Game Pass. Will give me an opportunity to rent it. If they've gone largely "interactive movie" then it'll be firmly be deep discount sale fodder.

    Last edited by EvaUnit02; 1st Dec 2023 at 01:37.

  18. #168
    New Member
    Registered: Aug 2023

    Hoping...

    I'm a big Stalker fan (but here because Thief!). Played the original 3 at least twice, plus the latter-day mods - Lost Alpha, Call of Chernobyl, Anomaly, etc... I suppose there's much in common with the Thief community - longevity, activity, passion, apart from the fact we had another Thief game and it *really wasn't all that*. Want it to be less cut-scene (playing Metro Exodus, and getting fed up with them) and more immersion and emergent. Still, I live in hope.

    Got to say, I love that this site brings together forums for my favourite games in one place. Gives me positive feedback - I'm not wrong, I'm not alone.

    Good Hunting, Stalkers.

  19. #169
    PC Gamering Smartey Man
    I <3 consoles and gamepads

    Registered: Aug 2007
    Location: New Zealand
    Sept 4th release date.


  20. #170
    New Member
    Registered: Sep 2023
    Location: Nevada
    Damn Im stoked! been waiting for this game since forever

  21. #171
    Member
    Registered: Jun 2003
    Location: Sweden
    i just hope it will feel like STALKER and not like Metro. I also have a feeling it will be delayed.

  22. #172
    Member
    Registered: Oct 2002
    I bought this PC just to play Stalker 2.

    https://www.newegg.com/abs-ta14700kf...82E16883360479

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