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The much loved Gamescom is just around the corner and we’ve already brought you a few stories and games that are part of the event. As we all know Alan Wake 2 is going to be part of the proceedings and S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 will get a fresh appearance and there will also be a playable demo during the event. Being a huge fan of the franchise and eagerly awaiting the title, I’m pleased GSC Game World have got the game to this stage. As it’s no secret they have suffered so much like the rest of Ukraine. I also at the turn of the year revisited the original game S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl launched back in March 2007 and last year marked the game’s 15th anniversary. A year later after the soon-to-be cult classic was launched we saw the release of a prequel called S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Clear Sky. There was then a following game that was a continuation of events at the end of the original game called S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat which launched in Ukraine in late 2009 and the rest of the world a few months later in 2010. However, sadly, non-PC users have never seen this series feature on a console. The closest experiences we have are possibly Dead Man’s Diary and Chernobylite.

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Some gameplay was uncovered and brought to the public knowledge last year by Pure Xbox and DualShockers. It seemed to indicate that a console version a seemingly early version of the game does exist. The footage found can be seen below.

Now we see some differences among the versions. I compared this to the PC release and it could be the video recording but the textures look smoothed out. The main and obvious changes are the inventory adjusted to suit a controller and a weapon wheel instead of hotkeys on PC. The FOV with weapons appears slightly different as well.

Why is this news which was reported a year ago relevant today? Let’s look at some factors as to why this is popping back up. The upcoming release will be taking priority and GSC have dealt with a Russian invasion of their country and so much personal trauma. Therefore a port of the original game or even games will have taken a back seat to focus when possible on the upcoming installment. There is a whole new market for them to dive into so why not bring the classics to a new audience? S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 will be present in Cologne this week and with that news as well as a playable demo for those attending, a release date is likely. We have also seen one leaked already. Honestly, it makes sense and could be a smart move to drop a port just before the new game comes out. Get people back into or into the series and drive interest for more in the future like remakes. I think it would be nice prior to the upcoming game, to bring the franchise to a wider audience. What do you think? Have you ever played the older S.T.A.L.K.E.R games or the games it’s inspired? Stay tuned for more from Lv1 Gaming!

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