A Second Studio Of Ex-STALKER Devs Appears

Grim future! Oh no!
It seems that Survarium devs Vostock weren’t the only studio to rise from the ashes of STALKER developer GSC. There’s also Union Studio, whose LinkedIn page states that they are “developing cross-platform action shooter which will be available for PC, Mac, PlayStation, XBOX.” It also reveals that the CEO is Eugene Kim, one of the Stalker coders, while the design lead is Peter Dushynsky, who apparently worked at Metro devs 4A, as well as taking the lead for “Stalker Online” at GSC.


  1. skalpadda says:

    Maybe from the madness something beautiful will grow..

  2. Gap Gen says:

    An interesting way to support small businesses over large (non-state) monopolies; have a corruption level so high that companies have to disperse and reform into smaller chunks in order to avoid being crushed by it.

    • Duckee says:

      Go on? Elaborate.

      • Gap Gen says:

        Well, the implication from the RPS story about GSC being shelved was because it got big enough that it was being crippled by being milked for bribes. Unsure whether this is true, but what I read hinted heavily at it.

        • 12kill4 says:

          That might be the case if it weren’t for that fact that organised crime is so prevalent in places like Moscow that most every commercial venture has to employ a ‘roof’ organisation (see: protection racket) to shield it from harassment (other than that of your own ‘roof’ when you fail to pay, or they decide you should be paying more); and that only the particularly large and/or successful ventures would have sufficient capital to employ legitimate and professional security operators (usually ex-military / police, so even then you have to worry, given the state of those institutions).

          ***This is according to the research I was doing into this last year for uni; and admittedly some of the primary sources were from the early 2000s so potentially things could have improved…

          • Kollega says:

            For the record, if you believe the latest reports about corruption, employment in “roofing” has moved from organized crime to police and various special services that abuse their power like no tomorrow. That’s in Russia, though: i’m not sure how it is in Ukraine.

        • lijenstina says:

          The reasons were unknown – no official confirmation about them from Grigorovich. We can only speculate about them – one version is that he got second thoughts about the project that could fail to be economically viable especially when the consoles versions were out of the equation, an another one is that he simply got bored of making games.

        • Don Reba says:

          That was completely groundless speculation, and several people said on and off the record, that there is no evidence to support it.

    • Bremze says:

      Seems to work the other way around in the USA.

  3. Maldomel says:

    So, more stalking inbound? Good.

    • Nemon says:

      Get out of here, stalker.

    • LostViking says:

      No kidding. I had to re-install Stalker: SOC to get over the disappointment that they canceled Stalker 2. As long as they use a similar setting I don’t really care if it’s a new Stalker or not, maybe they can come up with something else exciting…

    • P7uen says:

      An action shooter and an MMO.

      Where Now For The STALKER Atmosphere?

  4. EugenySG says:

    Why only the second? This is the fourth studio already )

    • Don Reba says:

      To elaborate, the 4 studios founded by former GSC employees are:
      * 4A Games, with Metro 2033
      * Flying Cafe, with Cradle
      * Vostok Games, with Survarium
      * Union Studio, with unnamed shooter

      Although, that said, there are former GSC employees in practically all Ukrainian game development studios, and there are quite a few.

  5. megazver says:

    Stalker Online was sheeeeeeeet.

    We’ll see.

  6. magnus says:

    Hopefully some good will come of this, the only positive comments on Suvarium I’mhearing are from the developers and PC Gamer of whom lets face it are stupidly obsessed with the concept of MMO/Multiplayer games over everything else.

    • IckyThump says:

      I feel like I could complain endlessly about Survarium, but honestly, as long as I get to explore some more STALKER-style environments I’ll be getting it.

  7. Shooop says:

    I’m willing to guess whatever they make can’t end up any worse than Survarium will inevitably end up being.

  8. Uninteresting Curse File Implement says:

    I *love* action shooters!