Game events take place in the alternative world's Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine, present day. The game is based on the novel Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, and also influenced by the movie Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky.
See also: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, Stonewall Noise Orchestra, List of Australian films of 2022, F.E.A.R. 3,