GSC Game World has made a commitment on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl’s graphical quality.
GSC Game World’s public relations manager, Zakhar Bocharov, spoke up about this issue in a recent interview with IGN. GSC explained that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl is now content complete. GSC Game World has been focused on polishing the game, in terms of graphics and performance, in these last remaining months prior to launch.
Bocharov referred to a gameplay trailer that they came up with for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl from 2021, when they first officially revealed the game, alongside their partnership with Microsoft. You can see that trailer below.
There is an almost impressionist touch to how GSC reveals S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl’s world in this trailer. We start with vague footage of our protagonist running through the ruins of a building. He sees through a giant hole made in the ruins towards the forest and the violent winds raging outside.
Then the camera speeds up as we move into a room, again of a long decrepit building. Near the center is a small bonfire that lights up the entire room.
The camera zooms us forwards yet again, as we move to another room, which looks like it could have been a classroom. Red light gushes through the windows as our protagonist takes out a tablet to take some readings before he is seemingly interrupted.
Bocharov says that GSC is now determined to show that they can get the final game looking the way it did in that trailer. In his words, “We are getting there, but there can be certain humps on the way.”
As reported by Tech4Gamers, this statement comes as impressions of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl demo at Gamescom reveal that the game plays well, but isn’t quite up to modern expectations for video game graphics.
While GSC could have credibly said this was a stylistic choice, they seem to be determined to meet fan expectations. That is a lot to ask for a game studio working the middle of a war. They are not only fearing physical attacks, but have experienced firsthand hacking and other forms of subterfuge from the other side. Literal builds of the game have been leaked, but GSC is determined to solder on.
The games industry is certainly fickle and unforgiving, but it seems in this case, at least, the fans are willing to give GSC Game World some slack. GSC wants to prove they can make that game everyone expects them to release though. Here’s hoping they can meet those expectations well, for themselves as well as for their own fans.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl will be releasing on Q1 2024, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows, via Steam and Epic Games Store. It will also be Day One on Game Pass. If you’re up for it, you can watch the trailer below.