Developer GSC Game World has revealed that upcoming first-person shooter S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2. will run on the Unreal Engine, as it aims "to make modding more easy and accessible" .
The announcement was initially made by GSC Game World's "colleagues" at Epic, in a post that gathered games using the Unreal Engine that are coming in 2020 and beyond, S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2. also making the list.
STALKER 2 Unreal Engine Mods
Prior S.T.A.L.K.E.R. titles ran on the proprietary X-Ray engine which while able to create thoroughly atmospheric worlds also came with a number of issues.
The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games were notorious for the number of post-launch patches required to fix issues big and small in order to make them playable.
In spite of the X-Ray Engine's capriciousness, a healthy modding community has formed around the shooters, putting out quite a few mods, some drastically changing the experience.
Developer GSC Game World also said that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 running on the Unreal Engine "has nothing to do with platforms or digital stores" and that it will "talk about this later".
When it was announced again in 2018, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 had a 2021 release date attached to it, although it seems to have been removed in the meantime. This version of the game has no connection to the canceled 2012 version.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is powered by Unreal Engine: pic.twitter.com/RdDWr4yYj3— S.T.A.L.K.E.R. OFFICIAL (@stalker_thegame) January 2, 2020