New S.T.A.L.K.E.R. sequel is on its way

With both the original game, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, and the prequel, Clear Sky, under their belts, the folks at GSC Game World are now tackling a sequel to their post-apocalyptic survival shooter. As Shacknews reports, the Ukrainian development studio is aiming for a release in the fall of this year.

Entitled S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Prypiat after the ghost town next to the Chernobyl power plant, the new game will be set after right after the original. Players will fill the shoes of "an agent in the Ukraine Security Service," who will be sent to the game's radioactive Zone in search of information about a "failed military operation."

GSC will base the title on an improved version of its X-ray engine, and it will make several changes to the formula: Shacknews says players will be able to sleep, and they'll have option of continuing the game after completing the main quest. Also, the developer will change the player interface, write in a new artificial intelligence system, and provide an "extended system of side quests." And there will be new monsters.

Check out Shacknews' image gallery for some early shots of the game. Like previous titles in the series, Call of Prypiat looks set to be a PC exclusive.

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