Everybody is aware of one of the best a part of Stalker is the groceries. Certain, I vaguely recall one thing about warding off armies of mutated horrors with clanky previous Warsaw Pact rifles, however I feel most of my time in these video games was spent frantically scarfing down doktorskaya sausage whereas bullets whistled overhead and hungry beasts tracked my scent.
It is for that reason, I’ve to imagine, that the most recent step in GSC Sport World’s advertising marketing campaign for Stalker 2 is a Stalker-themed supermarket in eastern Kyiv (opens in new tab). Stuffed with produce themed after the video games (alongside utterly customary fruit, veg, and meat, which is probably even weirder than the Stalker brownies) and embellished all through in post-apocalyptic rust-chic, the brand new retailer guarantees to allow you to do your weekly store whereas reminiscing about all of the instances you hunkered down in a drainage pipe and cured bullet wounds with bread. You possibly can see a couple of photographs of the shop beneath.
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The grocery store is the product of a partnership between GSC and Silpo, a series of Ukrainian shops that specialises in themed experiences like this one. Previously, Silpo has constructed cyberpunk supermarkets, anime supermarkets, in a single occasion (which I am not satisfied is not a fevered invention of my very own dying mind) even a retailer themed around GTA: San Andreas (opens in new tab). It is everlasting, too; GSC’s Zakhar Bocharov tells PCG that the grocery store isn’t any fleeting pop-up: “It will likely be round for, like, eternally. So long as the store is there, it is going to be a Stalker-style store”.
Like a lot else, the shop’s opening was disrupted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February this yr. Actually, though the grocery store already appears loads Stalker-ish to me, there are nonetheless components of it that have not been put in but due to wartime disruption. Plans for installations that mimic Zone-style anomalies and statues of Stalker’s slavering monsters have needed to be postponed due to the continuing battle. They will hopefully come as a part of a deliberate “visible improve” scheduled for some level sooner or later, says Bocharov.
I needed to re-read loads of issues about this undertaking after I first got here throughout it simply to persuade myself it was actual. I are inclined to affiliate the suburban tedium of a grocery store extra with Fallout’s post-apocalyptic setting than with Stalker’s, so the sight of a espresso counter modelled after Sidorovich’s bunker from the primary sport had me briefly involved I would developed videogame information cabin fever. It is loads actual, although, and I suppose the subsequent time I am in Kyiv I’ll make dutiful pilgrimage to Berezneva Avenue to refill on kolbasa. Then I will search for a drainage pipe to take a seat in whereas I eat it.