2004 Build Of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Released (And Yes, It's Playable)

When STALKER emerged from development hell in 2007, the final product met with an unexpectedly positive reception. For those more interested in a slice of that development hell, though, developers GSC have you covered.

An early, playable build of the game - dated October 18, 2004 - has been released by the team, giving you all a glimpse at some of the game's unused areas. You can grab it at the link below.

We can't remember the last time a developer did this (if indeed it's ever been done), but would love to see more of it. It's like a gaming equivalent of the director's cut.

2004 STALKER [GDC, via Shacknews]