January 24, 2008
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. CLEAR SKY to be
RELEASED DIGITALLY AS STEAM EXCLUSIVE
Prequel to Hit Survival FPS will
Launch Simultaneously on Steam and in Retail Outlets Worldwide
GCS Game World and Valve announce
that S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky will be available for digital download worldwide
exclusively on Steam® (www.steamgames.com), a leading online platform for the
distribution and management of PC games. The official prequel to the Survival
FPS game S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl is currently slated for
simultaneous release on Steam and at retail outlets later this year.
"Steam has introduced S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
to many thousands of new fans all over the world," said GSC Game World’s CEO
Sergiy Grygorovych. "We chose to deliver the digital version of the game
exclusively on Steam because of its proven success not only as the leading
global digital distribution platform for games, but because it allows us to
directly reach its integrated and active community of gamers."
"It’s great to see a
forward-thinking game maker like GCS Game World launching simultaneously in
digital and traditional retail channels," said Gabe Newell, co-founder and
president of Valve. "By launching S.T.A.L.K.E.R.:Clear Sky on Steam on the same
day that it’s available in stores worldwide, GCS Game World ensures that gamers
can get their hands on this highly-anticipated game in the way that’s most
convenient for them." S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky brings the players one year
prior to the events of the original S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game in 2011. A group of
stalkers has, for the first time, reached the very heart of the Zone-Chernobyl
Nuclear Power Plant-and brings about a cataclysm on the brink of a catastrophe.
Through a rich narrative and gripping combat action, players uncover new
challenges and insights in the Exclusion Zone. A new version of the game engine,
X-Ray 1.5, powers superior graphical details and realistic and non-scripted
combat AI. More information and a collection of new images may be found