S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 announced. Seriously. It was announced when a new website showed up today, which you can find right here. It’s very difficult to see, but in the image on the website, the word 2.0.2.1. can be seen, clearly insinuating a release window of 2021.

Here’s a closer look at the date in the image on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 website:

Shortly thereafter, Sergiy Grygorovych, founder and head of GSC Game World, confirmed on Facebook that this isn’t a joke, the game is really in development. No other information is known at this time. We’ll keep you updated if we learn anything more.

The first game in the series, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, released back in 2007. The most recent, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, released in 2010 (in the US and Europe).

For more information on the series, here’s the setup for the original game: 

In 1986, the world’s worst nuclear disaster occurred at the Chernobyl power station. Soviet authorities established a 30km ‘Exclusion Zone’ around this nuclear wasteland, but in 2006 a second explosion rocked the stricken reactor, obliterating all living things and causing the Zone’s boundaries to ripple outwards. From this epicenter came waves of mutated creatures, deadly radiation, and a strange, anomalous energy. The Zone was cordoned off by the military, who would shoot on sight anyone foolish enough to brave the horrors within.

It is now 2012 – man has ventured further and further into the heart of the Zone driven by reports of strange ‘artifacts’ imbued with anomalous energy. Mercenaries and bounty hunters compete to recover these artifacts, which command extortionate prices on the black market. Others seek to find the truth behind the Zone, while some merely revel in the desolate lawlessness of the place. Whatever their motivation, over time these individuals – Scavengers, Trespassers, Adventurers, Loners, Killer, Explorers and Robbers – have become known as S.T.A.L.K.E.R.s.