S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat coming stateside in February

We first heard about the sequel to S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl last May, and the game came out in Russia and Ukraine just five short months later. What about the United States, though? Don't look for the game on American store shelves until February 2010, writes Shacknews.

The site says publisher bitComposer Games has set February as the time frame for the international launch of GSC Game World's atmospheric first-person shooter. Considering the number of bugs that permeated the original game and its prequel, let's hope that delay gives GSC Game World enough time to buff out any and all rough edges.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat follows in the survival-horror-tinged footsteps of those two previous games, taking players through the ghost city of Pripyat, Ukraine, which was evacuated after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster in 1986—a central theme in the series. You can check out some screenshots of the game in this gallery.

Graphically, Call of Pripyat is also one of the first handful of games with DirectX 11 support. As the Shack points out, we saw that feature first-hand in the Call of Pripyat benchmark that came out last month. The benchmark includes a flythrough of Pripyat in various conditions, from a sunny morning to a nightly thunderstorm. There are no gameplay teasers, though.

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