GSC Game World’s new title in the Stalker franchise is well anticipated by many fans of the original. Starting in 2007 from the release of Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl, fans have been excited for a next-generation exclusionary zone. Despite many titles trying to take on the game’s original feeling and adapting the setting, the STALKER franchise has laid dormant since 2010’s release of Stalker: Call of Pripyat. Despite this, the title has seen a revival of sorts with a true sequel finally being made to the original. Stalker: Heart of Chernobyl is finally getting ready for release. After a troubled history of failed titles in the franchise, the new game is shaping up to be a true next-generation sequel. Yet in a recent announcement, GSC Game World has opened their game to NFTs on the Ethereum blockchain. Discussed today were their plans to turn three NFT holders into actual NPCs in Stalker 2: Heart of Chernobyl.
Welcome to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Metaverse!
– S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is not a blockchain-based game
– No influence on gameplay
– Completely optional
– There will be free giveaways for the community members
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— S.T.A.L.K.E.R. OFFICIAL (@stalker_thegame) December 15, 2021
What Would Stalker 2: Heart of Chernobyl NFT NPCs Do?
Stating these NFTs will not affect gameplay, they also mention free giveaways to the community. Yet the real interesting part is the three NFT NPCs they are planning to include. Claiming these inclusions will be a “metaversial bridge” and connect with millions of gamers, who wouldn’t want an NPC? Despite claiming Stalker 2: Heart of Chernobyl will not be a blockchain game, these NFTs will still be on an Ethereum network. While inherently this does nothing for the game and is optional, it adds to the carbon emissions of this new technology. As publishers like Ubisoft look to include this type of technology, players are wondering why. With a drop this month and another in February, Stalker 2: Heart of Chernobyl will release on April 28, 2022.
So what do you think of Stalker 2 including NFT NPCs in their upcoming title? Let us know in the comments down below!