The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series is often likened to Fallout in that it deals with some of the same themes as post-apocalyptic wasteland games, but the series is set in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, which actually exists. Granted, the series takes liberties with several of the mutated animals you’ll find within the Zone, but animals are by far the least threatening things within the Exclusion Zone. Either way, the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series is a satisfying series for those who like challenging games.
Now a group of former devs from S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and Metro: Last Light have teamed up to launch Areal, a new Kickstarter project that builds on the pedigree of the devs previous experience in order to create an all new game that will offer players yet another chance to survive in a post-apocalyptic wilderness.
Where as S.T.A.L.K.E.R. as a series took place within the Chernobyl exclusion zone and Metro: Last Light was confined to mostly underground tunnels from metro stations, Areal looks a lot more like The Last of Us in terms of what the developers are showing on the Kickstarter page. Environments are lush with vegetation and overgrown cars and buildings and some of the new powers outlined by the development team suggest a new way of interacting with the environment.
The developers are targeting all major consoles including the Wii U, so if this is something you’d like to see in the future, perhaps you’ll consider backing the team.