Ukranian studio GSC Game World has revealed that Stalker 2 will use Unreal Engine.
The developer confirmed the news after an accidental leak from Epic Games. Earlier games in the series had previously used the proprietary X-Ray Engine. While critics praised the engine for its visual fidelity, technical issues were widespread so a move to a new engine could be a major improvement.
According to GSC Game World, the choice of Unreal Engine should mean that sequel will remain visually impressive, but will also make modding simpler for players.
“Additionally, Unreal Engine hamronizes well with our goal to make modding more easy and accessible,” GSC Game World said. “User modifications help the world of the Zone to live on while we are busy with making a sequel, and we can’t be more grateful for that.”
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is powered by Unreal Engine: pic.twitter.com/RdDWr4yYj3
— S.T.A.L.K.E.R. OFFICIAL (@stalker_thegame) January 2, 2020
Stalker 2 was originally rumored to be in development back in 2012, with involvement from Bethesda. After GSC Game World reformed in 2014, the developer announced a brand new project unrelated to the earlier sequel.
Initial information on the official Stalker 2 site suggested the game would release in 2021; however, that date has now been removed. The developer has promised to reveal details about the platforms Stalker 2 will be available on in the future.