GCS Game World and Valve announced today that S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky will be available for digital download worldwide exclusively on Steam, and will be released the same day the game hits retail 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 is a prequel to the original S.T.A.L.K.E.R., showing the events one year prior to those in the original game. It's powered by a new version of the original game's engine, X-Ray 1.5, and features "superior graphical details and realistic and non-scripted combat AI." Valve also released exclusive new screens of the game in action, which we've archived in our gallery.
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