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One modder is remastering the original STALKER again, and it looks pretty good so far

This unofficial remaster is set to improve Shadow of Chernobyl massively.
Player holding a pistol looks at a rusted sign in fan made overhaul mod for STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl.

The original STALKER instalment, Shadow of Chernobyl, first released all the way back in 2007. While we await the series' fourth instalment from GSC Game World, one particular fan and modder has taken it upon themselves to remaster the original game.

Check out GSC Game World's most recent dev diary.

First reported by DSOG, modder Andrey0007 has been chipping away at this fan remaster of STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl, and has revealed some screenshots of their work.

Andrey0007's overhaul mod for the game is said to replace all the textures with 4K versions. While some of this will be done using AI upscaling techniques, the modder will also be creating some entirely new textures in some instances.

Player holding a pistol looks at a rusted sign in fan made overhaul mod for STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl.
Player onlooks a bathroom with two sinks in fan made overhaul mod for STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl.
Player holding binoculars looks at trees in fan made overhaul mod for STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl.
The overhaul is looking promising, albeit a little grainy.

This isn't all, either, as Andrey0007 has even bigger plans for this overhaul mod. While we've caught a glimpse of how the modder is set to transform what is already an immersive environment, Andrey0007 also has plans to replace sounds, dialogue, NPCs, and even shaders with ones of a higher quality.

Player looks down at an NPC sat on the ground with a guitar in fan made overhaul mod for STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl.
Admittedly, this particular screenshot looks great.

It has to be said, however, that these screenshots may look good, but there are already a dozen pre-existing mods for this title that arguably do the same job. No discredit to Andrey0007's work, as this is a valiant attempt that, accompanied by the promised additional moderations to gameplay systems and lighting, could be amazing. Yet, it's hard to ignore just how grainy these shots are. What do you think?

Sadly, there's no telling as to when the full overhaul mod will be completed and ready for people to play. However, if you find yourself unable to wait for STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl or this fan-made remaster, Shadow of Chernobyl is still available to buy on Steam right now (and there's plenty of mods available online to enhance your experience for the time being).

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Kelsey Raynor

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Kelsey’s passion for gaming began with Resident Evil, and she’s been a horror fanatic ever since. When she is not scoping out new ways to scare herself silly, she can be found trying to climb ranks in Valorant.

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