Could our wishes finally be coming true? Long suffering S.T.A.L.K.E.R. fans have been so patient while waiting for a sequel. Yeah, seriously. Because the original announcement happened nearly a decade ago.
Then our hopes were brought up again last year, when S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2's release was once again promised. All went quiet for a while, until this week -- when the dormant Twitter account suddenly sent out more information and got fans a little more excited, feeling that finally a little more content might be on the way shortly.
The announcement is simple, giving a link to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 website and including a graphic promising the game will be released in 2021.
Clicking on the link brings people to a website with a masked face on the front, showing somebody equipped against biohazards, and some kind of half-ruined structure in the background. Click on the music and you'll hear some pretty spooky music (perhaps they'll be releasing this around Halloween?).
Fans have a few things to do on the website to whet their excitement, including downloading the soundtrack to date, downloading some screenshots and also looking at summaries of previous parts of the franchise (which include links to play them on Steam): S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat.
Near the website's bottom, a box says, "Want to keep in touch, Stalker?" with an invitation to subscribe for updates. This may not be a lot of information, but it's encouraging to see that the website is still alive and that developer GSC Game World hasn't forgotten about its loyal fans.
The company also sent out a second tweet saying that fans are now on the official Twitter account, and that more news and content will be released ... at some point. It's already getting a little bit of buzz on the platform (with just over 3,000 followers), but surely long-time fans of the franchise will be skeptical until something more concrete is announced.
While fans are sympathetic when franchises get stuck in development hell, you have to be careful about making too many promises too quickly. Or to rush development just for the sake of getting a product out there (just ask fans of Mass Effect about the disaster that was Mass Effect: Andromeda.) But we're cool with this news for now. We just need a little bit more detail to really, really believe.