I’ll start with it’s made by the majority of the team from the Ukrainian developer GSC, now as a new studio called Vostok Games.
If you still don’t have any idea of what their previous work was, it’s enough to watch their latest trailer, as you will immediately feel some nostalgia:
It had a similar beta invite phase as Path of Exile, where you could buy packs which would support and help them or wait for the lottery system to select you. I’d recommend going over at their site and checking it out if you were a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. fan. It’s a multiplayer only game with Team Deathmatch and Battery Retrieval modes, with quite well designed maps that have elevation entwined in many ways.
Yes it’s not the single-player experience we wanted aka S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 but they promise a Freeplay mode. That will take some time as they deal with its minor issues, but it’s a solid game even as it is now, even with the minor gripes with connection issues. I played enough in the Beta, and with all its flaws, it felt fun but not because of the nostalgic feel.
If you’re not interested in the PVP aspect, understandable, but I recommend keeping an eye on Survarium as it may turn out good.