CM Games, the developer behind the single-player survival shooter Into the Radius (2020), confirmed in a new gameplay trailer that its long-awaited sequel is coming to Steam Early Access this summer.

Update (April 15th, 2024): The game, which has both a single-player and four-player co-op campaign, just got its first trailer, linked below.

There’s still no word on whether the studio is considering a Quest version of the game, however we’ll be following along with the studio via the game’s Discord channel (invite link).

In the meantime, you can wishlist Into the Radius 2 on its Steam page

Original Article (December 14th, 2023): Like the first in the series, Into the Radius 2 is set to initially launch on Steam Early Access for PC VR headsets sometime in 2024. The team says EA will allow them to get valuable feedback and suggestions from players, something that “played a crucial role in shaping and enhancing the game,” CM Games says on the game’s Steam page.

While the original eventually made its way to Quest back in 2022, the studio says in a post on X (formerly Twitter), that Into the Radius 2 will “first follow an early access development cycle on Steam. We’ll mention other platforms when the time is right.”

Like the original, the game’s immersive survival shooter sequel is set in a realm of surreal landscapes and deadly anomalies known as Pechorsk Security Zone, something we described in our review of the Quest 2 version of the game as “a bit like Chernobyl meets Salvidor Dali.” Whatever the case, fans of the Soviet book Roadside Picnic (1972) and/or later film adaptation Stalker (1979) will definitely see where inspiration for the blighted zone come from.

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The studio says EA users will be able to play both single-player and co-op modes, with the option to team up with up to 4 players, which from the get-go is said to offer a substantial location to explore, various types of anomalies to encounter, a range of weapons to wield, and a collection of artifacts—ability-boosting perks that change how you play the game.

There’s no clear date for when Early Access will launch on Steam; the release date is tentatively set for “2024”. The studio says however it hopes to spend a while in EA, with the full launch targeting release sometime “in late 2025.”

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  • XRC

    Excellent stuff. The first game is a huge pleasure to play looking absolutely stunning on Pimax Crystal and great body storage/ weapons handling with steamVR faceplate and Index controllers.

    40 hours in and several missions left, just wow

    Thoroughly looking forward to the second installation, the players gave the Devs great feedback on the first game.

  • eadVrim

    Into The Radius One of the best VR games ever

  • ViRGiN

    No word on modding? It was supposed to launch with modding capabilities.

    • kakek

      Great thing with that phrase is that it’s unclear wether “launch” refers to the start of early access, or it’s end. And since early access can last years …

      • ViRGiN

        Launch date is when the game is sold, no matter the fake title they want to use.

        Early Access never made any sense, it’s just a cover for bad development cycle, and a way for fanboys to deflect any criticism.

        There are games that launched with first consumer VR headsets in 2016, like Hot Dogs VR which to this day is called “early access”.

  • kakek

    Still haven’t played the first one. The game kept being updated, and I kept thinking I would look at it when it’s actually done.
    I guess it’s as good as it will every be now.

    Anyway, nice to see it still targets PCVR first. Those shadows looks good.

    • NL_VR

      Yes its been done for a while now. just jump in, its one of the greatest and most underrated.
      and there is time to wait this in, ITR2 will follow the same model with early access. Hope it get polished faster than ITR :)