S.T.A.L.K.E.R. release date

Delayed FPS gets firm target.

THQ UK has confirmed that S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl will be released on 23rd March in Europe.

The PC-exclusive first-person shooter - first announced toward the end of 2001 - has been the subject of much speculation after repeated delays, although much of its ambitious design remains intact.

Players will explore the deadly Zone around Chernobyl, scene of one of the world's most devastating nuclear accidents nearly 21 years ago, with a full life simulation that introduces depth to areas whether you've visited them or not.

You can read more about it in our most recent preview and interview, and it also featured heavily in episode four of the Eurogamer TV Show, when Johnny and co. ventured to Prypiat.

The US version of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is due out on 22nd March.

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