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S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2: Release date, trailer, platforms

Published: 5/Feb/2021 22:15 Updated: 16/Feb/2021 12:46

by Lauren Bergin

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R has become a classic franchise, with the original installment striking fear into the hearts of gamers throughout the 2000s. It’s back in business, though, with S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 and here’s everything you need to know. 

For those unaware of S.T.A.L.K.E.R, the plot revolves around the Chernobyl Disaster of 1986, where on April 26 the nuclear reactor near Pripyat (then part of the Soviet Union) exploded. The fallout from the infamous event has earned it the rank of the worst nuclear disaster in human history.

The deserted nuclear wasteland left in the wake of the event sets the perfect scene for S.T.A.L.K.E.R, whose original 2007 title takes place in the “Zone,” the colloquial name for the area surrounding Chernobyl.

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CSG Game World
Players will be facing a lot more than radiation in the Zone.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 release date

While very little is known about the sequel to the iconic thriller title, it was announced at the 2020 XBOX Games Showcase that S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 will be released in 2021.

Considering that the title has gone through several failed attempts at resurgence since its 2007 release, it’ll be interesting to see how devs redesign with the help of modern day technology. Said technology may possibly include the Unreal Engine, but further details on this haven’t been released.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 trailers

The official trailer for S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 dropped on July 23 2020, and gives us a glimpse into CSG Game World’s virtual recreation of Chernobyl’s exclusion zone.

Trailer 1

Various snapshots of some of Chernobyl’s most iconic landmarks are scattered throughout the dusty camera lens, including the infamous Ferris Wheel that serves as a harrowing memorial to the Pripyat Amusement part.

On the more fantastical side, we see that the environment is littered with odd looking physical disturbances (known as Anomalies), and we’re given a glimpse of an underground facility that appears to be engineering some form of mutant. No doubt we’ll get an up close and personal look at whatever is being nurtured in the depths.

Official Teaser Trailer

What is S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 about?

The details of the new title’s plot are pretty thin, but it’s clear that the events take place after the original game. The game promises “an epic, non-linear story, your choices will influence both short-term consequences and global outcomes.”

S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 will be a “unique blend of FPS, immersive sim and horror with a really thick atmosphere” and boasts “one of the biggest open-worlds to date.”

The franchise is based 20 years after the actual Chernobyl Disaster where an unfortunate set of circumstances have led to history repeating itself.

The radioactive Zone, however, has become a paradise for relic hunters, who sneak past the Ukrainian government cordon to try and loot the area of the artefacts that the anomaly portals spit out. While most work alone, factions have developed within the game’s matrix.

Dodging enemy gangs is just one of many issues though, because as with the original title it appears like something wicked lies in wait within the Zone.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 platforms

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CSG Game World

S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 will be exclusive to PC and the XBOX Series X|S, making it one of the most hotly anticipated titles for the new generation of console players.

This marks the first time that the franchise will be optimised for console, so it’ll be interesting to see how the devs translate it across.

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Kena: Bridge of Spirits: Release date, trailer, gameplay & the Rot

Published: 1/Feb/2021 15:34 Updated: 17/Feb/2021 12:54

by Ava Thompson-Powell

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Kena: Bridge of Spirits features a new female protagonist stepping into the spotlight in her own gorgeous story that looks right out of a Pixar movie. Here’s everything we know about the anticipated PlayStation and PC-exclusive title.

Revealed all the way back in June 2020, this story-driven action-adventure sees the titular Kena teaming up with a slew of cute little spirits known as the Rot to explore a breathtaking world.

With an emphasis on combat, puzzles, and exploration, fans of games like Tomb Raider and Uncharted will undoubtedly be drawn to this highly stylized adventure.

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Bridge of Spirits follows Kena on her journey to oversee the deceased traveling over to the spirit world.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits release date

Currently, players can expect a March 2021 release. The game was initially slated to release back at the end of 2020, but was eventually delayed to Q1, 2021. While we currently have no specific date for March, barring any further delays, we’ll be sure to update you with any new information about its release.

Though the game is a timed PlayStation console-exclusive, the title will also be available to play on PC on the day of release.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits trailers

The only look into gameplay that we’ve seen so far was through the announcement trailer that was released in June 2020. While predominantly CGI-based, we were treated to a few small glimpses of how the world will look for players.

In these glimpses, we saw Kena battling a variety of enemies in gorgeous locales, with dazzling effects that showcase the fantastic power of next-gen and PC capabilities.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits Announcement Trailer

What is Bridge of Spirits about?

The Eastern-inspired theme is highlighted in Kena: Bridge of Spirits throughout the trailer, with the narrator telling Kena that she is yet to understand the power that flows through the land.

The overarching theme of gameplay seems to take players on a journey to cleanse the darkness from spirits as they attempt to cross over – embarking on a journey of self-discovery throughout.

The narrator concludes that Kena is “driven by the belief that [she] can help these troubled spirits, but [she] cannot hide [her] weakness from me.”

Gameplay

Featuring a Far-Cry-esque hub world that is improved and restored throughout gameplay, the story will also explore Kena’s personal struggles while attempting to help those stranded between realms.

The Rot will accompany you throughout gameplay, and will aid players in battle once enemies have initially been damaged enough. They’re also customizable – with cute hats! This was highlighted in one of Ember Lab’s tweets back in September 2020 for National Love People Day:

Predominantly combat-based, player’s will be able to utilize Kena’s staff to perform charged, heavy, and light skill attacks. With upgradeable skills such as a magical bow and defense abilities, players will be able to improve throughout the game’s story.

Kena’s Pulse ability also provides players with ways to highlight clues, distract enemies and move objects in the world.


For now, this is all the information on Kena: Bridge of Spirits, as of February 2021. Stay tuned here at Dexerto for all updates regarding this upcoming title.