We may earn a commission when you buy through links in our articles. Learn more.

Stalker 2 release date and latest news

The Stalker 2 release date isn't a moment to miss out on as GSC Game World bring players into one of the biggest open world maps yet.

Stalker 2 release date: An image of Richter in Stalker 2 on Xbox.

When is the Stalker 2 release date? The excitement for Stalker 2 Heart of Chornobyl is incredibly high, and the support for Ukrainian studio GSC Game World is even higher. Even with a few delays keeping it from arriving on time, the intrigue of Stalker 2’s plot is extremely exciting, and we’re eager to see what the Stalker 2 release date uncovers.

Stalker 2 was first shown off to the world at the Xbox and Bethesda gameplay showcase in 2021, and quickly became one of the most highly anticipated new Xbox games. It is very possible that Stalker 2 will join our best Xbox survival games list when it arrives, but if you’re wondering exactly when it will launch, here’s everything you need to know.

Stalker 2 release date

Stalker 2 Heart of Chornobyl’s release date is Thursday, September 5, 2024, according to developer GSC Game World.

This was confirmed by the studio in the ‘Final Release Date’ trailer for the Xbox title, giving players a glimpse into the game’s grueling world. Available for Xbox Series X|S platforms, but not Xbox One, the forthcoming apocalyptic FPS is available to pre-order too via the Xbox Marketplace. However, you don’t need to part ways your cash just yet, as Stalker 2 is primed to be one of the best Xbox Game Pass games as a day one release. 

YouTube Thumbnail

Stalker 2 gameplay

Stalker 2 is an open world game with a non-linear branching narrative set in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone, an area plagued by mutated creatures and factions vying for control. With these horrifying mutants in play, Stalker 2 blends elements of horror into an FPS immersive sim, so expect some intense gameplay. There’s even survival mechanics like hunger, sleeping, bleeding, radiation effects. You’ll need to manage them efficiently, as Stalker 2 won’t be forgiving on players. 

YouTube Thumbnail

Since initial footage shown at E3 2021, we have seen a lot more of the deeper survival systems at play, including dialogue, confrontations, equipment, inventory management, combat, and more during a trailer in December 2022.

YouTube Thumbnail

Most excitingly, GSC Game World showed off plenty of Stalker 2 at the Xbox Gamescom 2023 showcase. Here we got to see a bit more of the gunplay in action, as well as the anomalies you will stumble across in the game.

YouTube Thumbnail

With the cult following around the original game, many are hoping the long wait will be worth it and that’ll it rank among the best games of all time. It’s safe to say that Stalker 2 Heart of Chornobyl is looking like a stellar improvement over the first game so far. 

Stalker 2 story

Set in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone after the second explosion in 2006, violent mutants and anomalies roam alongside warring factions that try to survive. Seeking to make a fortune out of the artifacts in the zone, you enter to find your own destiny as you explore a branching, expansive story.

Told in a non-linear fashion, you will meet a variety of people, engage in conflicts, and deal with your own, all while trying to survive. You even find out the truth concealed in Chornobyl as well. It isn’t all doom and gloom, though, as you’ll meet characters like Richter in the wasteland, and they seem friendly enough – but we’re still not sure if they can be trusted yet.

Stalker 2’s story will be set in an enormous map, so big in fact that GSC Game World claims it is “more than 60 square kilometers of space, which is one of the biggest open worlds in videogames to date.” You’ll need over “100 hours” set aside to find everything within it, let alone completing a multitude of quests along the way.

YouTube Thumbnail

For now, that’s everything we know about the Stalker 2 Heart of Chornobyl release date. While you wait, you can check out some of the best Xbox Series X games and all the Game Pass games currently on the subscription service.

If you want to support the developers of Stalker 2 and Ukraine’s citizens, you can donate to United24, a charitable fund set up by Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine. The link to donate can be found here.