Ukrainian developer GCS Game World has confirmed that its upcoming FPS-prequel S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky will be made available on Valve’s online distribution network Steam simultaneously with its release at retail.
"Steam has introduced S.T.A.L.K.E.R. to many thousands of new fans all over the world," GSC Game World’s CEO Sergiy Grygorovych stated. "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."
Valve co-founder Gabe Newell added: "It’s great to see a forward-thinking game maker like GCS Game World launching simultaneously in digital and traditional retail channels. 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."
Clear Sky is set before the events of the first outing, and sees a group of stalkers penetrate the heart of Chernobyl for the first time.