Posts Tagged ‘gsc-gameworld’

The Skies Clear for STALKER 2

By Alec Meer on January 13th, 2012.

The screenshot-based 'light in the darkness' metaphors will continue unabated

The Stalker team is extremely happy! Why? Because we are continuing work on Stalker 2 after the holidays.” That makes me extremely happy too. That’s the official line from GSC, although it’s not quite as simple as that. Speaking to Edge, the studio’s Oleg Yavorsky reveals that “We are still in the process of seeking funding to back up the project. We are hopeful things turn out well eventually.” Which still sounds pretty precarious, but given the situation last month was that the studio and the game were flat-out closing down, it’s still a good day for Stalker fans.

Let’s hope they find a funder in time. Anyone got a few million bucks to spare? Notch, are you reading this? Alternatively, have I got any long-lost billionaire uncles who’ve been waiting for an excuse to get in touch with me?

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Still Happening, Apparently

By Jim Rossignol on January 12th, 2012.


According to this Facebook page update posted last niught, Stalker 2 will continue to be developed. It reads: “The Stalker team is extremely happy! Why? Because we are continuing work on Stalker 2 after the holidays.” This is in spite of news before Christmas saying it was all over. Phew!

We’ve contacted GSC to see if we can find out a bit more about what’s been happening.

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On The Importance Of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

By Jim Rossignol on December 10th, 2011.


With the news that iconoclastic Ukrainian developer GSC Gameworld has closed its doors, putting the future of the Stalker series in jeopardy, thoughts turned to the games they had made, and the hopes we’d held for a sequel. There are a few reasons why the Stalker series is so important in the greater scheme of gaming, and as of 2011 those reasons seem more pressing than ever.

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This Could Be Leaked Stalker 2 Art

By Jim Rossignol on December 10th, 2011.


There was a bunch of art posted here yesterday (thread deleted) from a source which purported to be a former artist at GSC. The images appear to be a couple of environmental scenes and a bunch of concept art. It might make for decent wallpaper which you can gaze at, thinking about what could have been…

Full gallery below. Click for full size.
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Get Out Of Here: GSC Closure “Confirmed”

By Jim Rossignol on December 9th, 2011.

Noooo.
LATEST UPDATE: GSC’s twitter this morning announced there will be an official statement on Monday.

1c Ukraine’s Sergey Galenkin has blogged about the closure of GSC. He states: “GSC is closed, a fact confirmed by all. The team is almost completely dissolved, the state has only a few people.” Galenkin blames the cost of developing a PC only shooter for a European audience, and a failed console publishing deal, for the collapse of the developer.

The rest of the story, as it happened, below.
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Oh, Completely: Clear Sky Complete

By Jim Rossignol on April 11th, 2011.

Get out of here, etc.
This is a random sort of update, but it’s just a polite recommendation for all of you. Way back in the mists of 2009 I took a look at the state of mods for Clear Sky, and concluded that while a markedly improved experience was possible, none were a perfect fix to that flawed gem. I’d like to revise and update that, having spent the weekend playing Clear Sky with its Complete mod. That’s the most fun I’ve had playing an FPS since, well, since I played Call Of Pripyat. And the Complete stuff cranked up to maximum on everything seems like the best way to exercise a decent PC. I’ve spend quite a bit of time marvelling at the visuals, but lots more time enjoying the challenge of the unscripted manshoots. It really is something.

What a shame that no other studio seeks to emulate GSC’s achievements with these games. The one time we want people to shamelessly rip something off…

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First Details For Stalker 2?

By Jim Rossignol on January 11th, 2011.


Pat over at VG247 points out that Official Stalker Facebook page has a brief Q&A that seems to reveal the first details about the game and its all-new engine. It will be set in the familiar Chernobyl Zone locations, and will apparently have more of a survival element the next time around, as well as the return of the spooky lab bits. There will be no faction wars in the sequel, but there will be DX11 support, and the “area of artifact application will expand”. The Q&A also goes out of its way to stress that despite the announced multiplatform intentions for this new game, the PC version will not suffer, and will be the target platform. Interesting stuff. Needless to say, I’ve asked GSC for a detailed interview about the game.

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GSC Explain The STALKER TV Show

By Jim Rossignol on November 12th, 2010.

No problem, I've already saved at the start of this bit.
The Stalker TV show was pretty much the most unexpected news item of the week, and I just had to drop a line to GSC to find out more. Below you can read my quick chat with GSC’s Oleg Yavorsky, in which he stresses that the TV show’s production is intended to be as faithful as possible the source game, and reveals that it will be timed to air on the release of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2.
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Your Quest In STALKER 2?

By Jim Rossignol on November 12th, 2010.

Don't worry, he's actually just going to buy some bread.
That’s what GSC are suggesting with their Quest Contest. There are bunch of rules and stuff over on the competition page, but what it comes down to is this: “The best ideas from the contest may be implemented in the new S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game. This said, the developers retain the right to change the quest looks or implementation, while preserving the key author’s idea.” Quest authors will also get the name in the credits. They’re looking for less than a side of A4, so it’s not exactly an insurmountable challenge. Might as well have go, eh? It can’t look bad on your CV, either.

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A Quick Call Out For Pripyat

By Jim Rossignol on August 29th, 2010.


I’ve just started a second playthrough of Call Of Pripyat, which impressed me a great deal earlier in the year. Since a few people had been asking me about mods for the game I thought I’d link to the mods I am using this time around. I’ve merged the installs for Atmosphere 2, TGS EZ (pictured) and RCOM. The resulting mixture seems to retain the audio and weather cleverness from Atmosphere, while adding the colour palette and textures from the TGS mod, which introduces a much more washed out, bleak aesthetic. In the first area at least, I think is a considerable improvement on the vanilla version, and hides some of vegetation/texturing problems of the aging game engine. RCOM is a weapon balancing and AI mod, which introduces a bunch of changes, making weapons more powerful, and making it much nastier to get shot. This means that long range single shots from an assault rifle will generally drop an enemy, but it means the AI can give you a beating from range too. Overall this mod mix makes the game slightly prettier and considerably tougher. I’m enjoying it.

Any other suggestions?

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Further New Dawns For Clear Sky

By Jim Rossignol on July 1st, 2010.


A few people have mailed us over the past few weeks suggesting that we take a look at the Total Faction War mod v1.8 by PhoenixHeart, Darkenneko and Smoq2. I finally got around to doing that this week, and I’ve written up some thoughts below. Long term readers will recall that I previously attempted to mod the errant son of the Stalker dysnasty into a place in my heart last year, with mixed results. This is the first mod I’ve had installed that comes close to fixing what was otherwise the weakest aspect of Clear Sky, even after modding: the factional warfare.
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Stalker, The Zone, And Borrowed Architecture

By Jim Rossignol on May 17th, 2010.


I’ve been doing some guest blogging for splendid architecture site BLDGBLOG. You can see my previous offerings here and here, as well as an interview here. The latest piece – here! – delves deeper into my obsession with GSC Gameworld’s Stalker games, and the wider fiction – and reality – surrounding them. Go have a read of the rest of BLDGBLOG, too. It will surprise you.

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Wot I Think: Call Of Pripyat

By Jim Rossignol on February 2nd, 2010.


The third Stalker game, Call Of Pripyat, has been out in Europe and Russia for quite some time, but it has only just made the leap to English-language release. The UK version due on Friday. I’ve recently completed that edition of the game and my account of that experience follows.
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