At long last, Ukrainian game studio GSC Game World has pinned a date on the upcoming prequel to its post-apocalyptic first person shooter. As Shacknews reports, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky is now officially scheduled to hit stores on August 29. Just as with Clear Sky's predecessor, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, GSC is shunning consoles and will only release the title for the PC.
Folks will be able to nab Clear Sky either in retail stores or using Valve's Steam content delivery system. The first S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game became available on Steam in late August 2007, five months after its retail launch, and Valve announced in January of this year that digital downloads of the forthcoming prequel will be available exclusively on Steam.
According to reports that slipped out last year, Clear Sky's story will take place one year before Shadow of Chernobyl. Half of the new title will be set in the original's game world (although old locations will reportedly be more twisted and hostile), while the other half will take place in new, unexplored locations. Clear Sky will also build upon its predecessor's game engine with improved artificial intelligence and physics code. Recently released screenshots suggest GSC has added support for DirectX 10 graphics effects such as volumetric light beams, as well.