«Ray of Hope» is a multiplayer first-person shooter game with some RPG and survival horror elements set in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. universe. The project is being developed using a modified version of the X-Ray ver1.6 engine, by a international team of independant developers.
Being the spiritual successor to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, Ray of Hope not only captures the favourite moments of the acclaimed universe, but also allows you to explore the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone alongside your comrades. Apart from that, the project introduces various conceptual, graphical and sound innovations. Every day we're trying to pursue the goal of bringing our ideas to life, striving to create something beautiful and memorable.
The player is free to explore the vast expanses of the Exclusion Zone. The dangerous and unwelcoming area allows you to relive the unique atmosphere. The player will encounter thick forests, abandoned buildings and dark remnants of the soviet epoch. Events in the game world develop dynamically, even without the player's interference: mind-boggling anomalies appear amidst the ruined cities, mutants migrate across the deserted landscapes; roads once considered safe could become lethal overnight, and the places thought to be uncreachable may turn into a stalker's safe haven the very next day.
Form a squad of loyal comrades or survive by yourself. Explore, go on raids into anomalous areas and complete quests; Join one of the available factions and protect its ideals. But remember - every action has its consequence.
The events take place three long years after the failure of Operation «Farwater». It's up to us to uncover a new chapter and rethink some events of the past. In the Zone you'll meet both new and old faces. Many known character will make an appearance in a brand new way, some will stay unchanged, and some will play a major role in further development of the main storyline.
What are people saying about us?
«Ray Of Hope» It's not surprising that «Ray of Hope» is considered the most anticipated project related to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. universe. A single expansive game world, which can be explored alongside real players is what we've always dreamed of.
The «Ray of Hope» development team, regardless of some people's scepticism, is working on creating a complete multiplayer stalker game. The amount of individuals who take interest in our game, fortunately takes the majority of the aforementioned sceptics, hence the overwhelming support we've been getting. The website and forum admin team is carefully monitoring the chat rooms in order to create a pleasant experience for each and every one of You. Also, we're working on coordinating the testers, organizing meetings and giving briefings.
I took interest in the project because of its ambitious idea - a complete multiplayer experience on the old X-Ray Engine. I was astonished with the big, single map, created by joining the old, but reworked locations from the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. Even if you don't like multiplayer, this project is worth your attention.
I've always liked the initial RoH concept and how the developers approached the task. During the summer of 2016, I applied for the beta test. The selection was rigorous, but fair. The developers are very thorough regarding their work and are doing an exceptional job, all the while not forgetting to listen to us, and the community. Many ideas suggested by us were implemented in one way or another.
«Ray of Hope» could be considered one of the most anticipated mods based on the famoust S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. A team of developers managed to do great things - a single world and multiplayer, and in the near future, every fan will be able to explore the Exclusion Zone by himself or alongside friends. Being a beta tester, I'm proud that I could contribute to this project.
At first, «Ray of Hope» attracted me with its notion of "good old stalker gameplay" in multiplayer with friends. And when I saw the demos, I was already convinced. Most of all, I was baffled with how lovingly and passionately the developers have approached the task. I think that this project has in itself become a ray of hope both for me and the giant community.
Taking part in the «Ray of Hope» beta, a thought occured to me, that the project's name was very appropriate. The Exclusion Zone attracts gamers all over the world, captivating them with its mysterious atmosphere. This is exactly the project which fills the player's hearts with hope of seeing the Zone again. A new one, but still as deadly and as secretive. I am grateful to the developers for their work. They have proven to us testers that our hope is not in vain!
I've been following the project for a while, and as soon as an opportunity to help the developers arose, I instantly applied. I'm actively taking part in the testing and expressing my opinions, which don't fall on deaf ears. Before our eyes, a dream of all the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. fans is coming true - a chance to play with a friend. I believe this project has a future.