stalker-shadow-of-chernobyl_04.jpgRadioactive FPS, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, is to get a major update at an undisclosed future date which will open up the 30 Km play area, allowing players to roam free. According to developer, GSC GameWorld, the update will have “no story tasks, including only the A-life ones where the goal is to gain ranks, climb up the rankings, so as to become the best S.T.A.L.K.E.R. in the Zone.”

The game’s a-life system and huge play area was much hyped in the long build up to its release but failed to appear in the final product, which is very linear, the player being hemmed in by fences when they try to stray from the storyline. The reasons given at the time were that the game could not make its stated release date if time was spent balancing and fine tuning the a-life system. Designed on the premise that the Zone should be a living wilderness in which the inhabitants react to each other and not just the player, it turned out that such a goal was extremely ambitious. There is also a new single player SDK but whether this will be released with the update or on a different date is not made clear.
GSC will also be announcing further games in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. universe at E3 (From FiringSquad.)

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