You may recall yesterday that Stalker 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the open-world adventure game that shocked the late 2000s, had taken part in the digital economy wave of NFTs that so many fans (including myself) have chosen to not touch with a 10-foot pole. As you might expect, the backlash over this choice was severe and overbearing to its developer GSC Game World, with many of the ideas proving quite frustrating and bizarre. If you’re one of those who wasn’t a fan, then good news for you. In a tweet made not long ago, Stalker 2 has chosen to step back from its NFT plans and stood with fans’ opinions on them. You can find said tweet below.
— S.T.A.L.K.E.R. OFFICIAL (@stalker_thegame) December 16, 2021
In essence, the tweet speaks on their decision and decides “if you care, we care too”, thus preventing the ability for players to purchase NFTs and potentially have an NPC of their design be in the game. The way it’s worded implies that they weren’t aware of the current feelings towards NFTs among players which is a bizarre thing to be ignorant of, though the meaning behind the statement stands. NFTs will no longer be in the game, which to many makes Stalker 2 an all-around better experience. I’m personally still excited for what the game has to offer when it releases next year, even if I was a wee child back when its predecessors made waves in the gaming world.
For those unaware of Stalker 2 outside of this NFT fiasco, here’s the description as per the Steam page:
Discover the vast Chernobyl Exclusion Zone full of dangerous enemies, deadly anomalies and powerful artifacts. Unveil your own epic story as you make your way to the Heart of Chernobyl. Make your choices wisely, as they will determine your fate in the end.”
Stalker 2 arrives on PC through Steam and Xbox Series X|S. For more information regarding the title, check out the official website.