release date, PC requirements, where to buy the game and improvements of the most anticipated shooter of 2023

STALKER 2 has gone from being one of the most recognizable IPs on PC, and somewhat niche, to becoming one of the great bets of a Microsoft riding the wave of success. With the alliance between those from Redmond and the Ukrainians from GSC Game World, this survival in the first person has stolen the headlines for months, especially in the face of the war between Ukraine and Russia. For this reason, and as many are plagued by doubts about when it will come out or what to expect from STALKER 2; In 3DJuegosPC we have put on the chemical containment suit and gone to Chernobyl to bring you everything we know about Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl.

This second part, chronological at least, follows in the footsteps of the first STALKER trilogy that landed on PC from 2007 to 2010. Although we have a “clear” starting point, its history is a complete mystery. You don’t need to have played the first few games to begin with, and the only named character as of today is Skif. What we do know is that we will return to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone with familiar locations like Cordon and Pripyat, but with a much more up-to-date finish. Of course, we do not know if the areas of Stalker: Call of Pripyat and Stalker: Clear Sky will return in this sequel.

Here are some key details of the game:

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New playable, open world and multiplayer

If you got to play the first 3 games of the saga, it is clear that you found some first open worlds with quotes. The Ukrainian studio has broken down the barriers and “for the first time in the series, the Zone will be yours to explore as a post-apocalyptic open world, one of the largest to date with over 60 square kilometers of space to survive,” said GSC Game World.

Image of Stalker 2 (GSC Game World)

This open world will not be a simple visual resource, but will have a crucial narrative importance. The studio wants it to be part of the story so that the player can “feel the scale and the results of their decisions. Hopefully, players will enjoy both the story and the world we are creating. They are very special to us.”

online mode

With all the previous STALKER enjoying online modes and a STALKER Online under the premise of being an MMO, the question was obvious: will STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl have multiplayer? Yes, but not launch. As of today we know that the game will focus on the single player experience, but its respective online mode will come with a free update after its release.

deep customization

The studio has repeatedly boasted about how we are not just talking about a rich, alive and deep world, but our arsenal will be a priority in order to survive. The weapons will be meticulously designed and we will have access to a total of 30 varietieseach customizable with more than a dozen additions.

Image of Stalker 2 (GSC Game World)

Image of an NPC from the game under Unreal Engine 5

Improved AI in all aspects

The AI ​​in these types of games that seek to mix an oppressive environment and a tactical approach is crucial, and for this A-Life has been completely updated. This system accompanied previous installments and for STALKER 2 the situation required a closer approach to simulation. The study promises an aggressive and intuitive AI that will challenge your will to survive. In fact, perhaps most striking is that these NPCs will interact with each other them and mutants all over the map even if you’re not even seeing them.

STALKER 2 on PC: requirements and date

The war in Ukraine that began on February 24, 2022 has destabilized the plans for a GSC Game World that seemed to have everything on track to complete development. With a publisher to distribute the game on PC and the Microsoft agreement, the Ukrainians paused development with a view to prioritizing the health of their workers. Its premiere, scheduled for October 8, was delayed to 2023 without a release date or window fixed on the calendar.

STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl requirements on PC

The game has featured up to 2 confirmed requirements tables by the Ukrainian developer itself. The latest update, shared on July 6, increased the first technical requirements on PC due to the latest additions to the game.

minimum requirements

recommended requirements

operating system

Windows 10

Windows 10


AMD Ryzen 5 1600X

Intel Core i5-7600K

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

Intel Core i7-9700K


AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB

AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB



16 GB


150 GB of available space

(SSD recommended)

150 GB of available space

(SSD recommended)

In fact, the requirements upgrade was noticeable. Although it is logical, considering that the first information came to light in June 2021, STALKER 2 has increased its requirements in practically all sections. As for graphics cards, now the game is much more demanding than previously anticipated. GTX 1060 6GBso be careful and remember that the requirements that crown these lines are the most up-to-date today.

If they are updated a third time, we will modify this same table apart from the relevant individual news.


In view of its various delays, since we have been close to the launch of the game on 2 occasions, STALKER 2 can be pre-purchased for several months with 3 editions.

Standard Edition



base game

pre-order exclusive dlc

special mission

digital art book

digital soundtrack

skins and mods for campaign mode


post-launch expansions**

season pass

Multiplayer will be added as post-launch DLC

(**) There will be a total of 2 expansions

It should be noted that having suffered several delays, some stores such as the Microsoft Store have refunded the price of such purchases. The GSC Game World studio came out to clarify that it is an isolated incident from Microsoft and that “pre-orders for PC (Steam, Epic Games Store, GOG) will not be affected.”

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