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Xbox console exclusive STALKER 2 runs on Unreal Engine 5

Stalker 2 Campfire
Stalker 2 Campfire (Image credit: GSC Game World (screenshot))

What you need to know

  • GSC Game World announced that STALKER 2 was coming to Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PC back in 2020.
  • The developers have announced that the game is also using Unreal Engine 5, the latest version of Epic Games' Unreal Engine.
  • STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl is currently scheduled to be released on April 22, 2022.

GSC Game World is hard at work on STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl. On Wednesday, the team shared a small development update, confirming that STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl runs on Unreal Engine 5.

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Earlier in the year, the team shared a gameplay demo at the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase, giving players a taste of what survival and comradery in the Zone looks like, with mutants, hostile humans and strange anomalies all posing a threat.

There's a handful of other games confirmed to use Unreal Engine 5 right now, with Xbox Game Studios developer Ninja Theory using Unreal Engine 5 to to develop Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2. The Coalition, another Xbox studio, has shared Unreal Engine 5 tech demos and is currently rumored to be working on a new IP.

STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl is currently set to launch on April 22, 2022. It'll be available as a timed console exclusive on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PC. It'll also launch into Xbox Game Pass.

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.