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GSC Game World is getting into the NFT business with its upcoming post-apocalyptic shooter, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl.

Set for release on PC and Xbox Series X|S next year, GSC Game World confirmed today via a press release that its highly anticipated sequel will be one of the first AAA games to leverage non-fungible tokens, a trending blockchain technology that’s relevant for establishing authenticity and proof of ownership. Among the unique items is a special NFT that will allow its owner to become an NPC in the game, which GSC Game World has dubbed “the first metahuman.”

From GSC Game World:

In partnership with Los Angeles-based DMarket, a platform for trading NFTs and technology for metaverse creation, GSC will use blockchain technology to let the community own a piece of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2. The rights to certain unique items will belong to players and it is the first time for the AAA video game.

Beginning in December 2021, users may register for item drops that will evolve into a new gaming feature built on top of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2. The first drop will take place via auction and is scheduled for January, 2022. As part of the drop series, the first-ever metahuman will be released and exposed to hundreds of millions of gamers worldwide. In-game, the metahuman will appear as an ‘NPC’, or a non-playable character. The face of the real owner will be recreated in the game by using photogrammetry technology, resulting in the highest possible level of realism.

“Considering the global trends in gaming, we can do more than just offer an immersive game experience. Our players can get a deeper presence in the game, and we will give them this opportunity by presenting the first AAA game with a unique meta experience,” says Evgeniy Grygorovych, CEO of GSC Game World.

“Video game developers worldwide are expressing their intentions in using the blockchain and other beneficial technologies while GSC is already there,” said Vlad Panchenko, CEO and co-founder at DMarket. “The company is adding a unique layer and bringing their game to a whole new level into the global Metaverse and Web 3.0 dimension. With the joint efforts of GSC and DMarket, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 will become a game of the future and a game for the community.”

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl will be released for the PC and Xbox Series X|S platforms on April 28, 2022. It is powered by Unreal Engine 5.

Source: DMarket

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12 Comments

  1. Oh for fucks sake.

    At least they claim it won’t impact gameplay, but seriously?

    Don’t make me come to Ukraine and smack you.

    Big shoes to fill… Please don’t make me wish this game had never been made…

  2. [QUOTE=”Zarathustra, post: 45198, member: 203″]
    Oh for ****s sake.
    [/QUOTE]
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA that was basically the same reaction I had.

  3. [QUOTE=”Peter_Brosdahl, post: 45203, member: 87″]
    Man, it’s looking like this crap will soon be unavoidable. 🙁
    [/QUOTE]
    Everything is avoidable. I don’t need to play games, and I Defninitely don’t need to buy them. And with this they are sending the message “Don’t buy our game”

  4. Right when you think that we’ll finally get a game without all the trending BS but no, here comes GSC Game World with a last-minute sick… gotcha!

    FU, GSC Game World!

  5. The blockchain is just going to be a garbage collector for NFT’s. It’ll be a lot like Reddit subs. 😛

  6. Among the unique items is a special NFT that will allow its owner to become an NPC in the game, which GSC Game World has dubbed “the first metahuman.”

    So, you get to hang around for 40+ hours of gameplay not going anywhere or doing anything and just randomly saying “Get out of here stalker”?

    Sounds like fun.

    I don’t think I want that NFT.

  7. [ATTACH type=”full”]1371[/ATTACH]

    That was unexpected but welcome!

    We are so used to publishers just forcing through crap that no one wants that it is really refreshing to see that FSC Game World still listens to what their customers want.

  8. Thank goodness.
    This game has been so long in the making, cancelled, resurected and cancelled again, even problems with Ukraine gov if I remember.
    Loved all the series, especially SOC buggy as they were. It was one of the only games I didn’t care about the constant CTDs as the intense atmosphere was there.
    I can not wait to go back into the zone.

  9. [QUOTE=”Soulstorm brew, post: 45254, member: 4034″]
    Thank goodness.
    This game has been so long in the making, cancelled, resurected and cancelled again, even problems with Ukraine gov if I remember.
    Loved all the series, especially SOC buggy as they were. It was one of the only games I didn’t care about the constant CTDs as the intense atmosphere was there.
    I can not wait to go back into the zone.
    [/QUOTE]
    Let’s just hope the Russians don’t invade Ukraine before they can push it out the door 😂

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