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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2

3 months ago

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2’s first trailer is here

Will wonders never cease! Microsoft's NotE3 stream has brought the first trailer for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, of all games. It's still hard for me to believe the long-awaited post-apocalyptic FPS-RPG sequel really is real, given that developers GSC Game World basically burst a few years back, but evidently Microsoft are convinced. Come watch the trailer yourself.

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7 months ago

Here’s your first wee glimpse of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2

As improbable as it may sound, evidence for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 being an actual real game actually being made continues to mount. Today developers GSC Game World shared the "first glimpse at S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2", showing a murky forest where one of those naughty anomalies has murdered several innocent vans. It's just an environment shot but hey, it's a peek at the newest version of post-apocalyptic Zone…

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10 months ago

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is being developed in the Unreal Engine

Like a brief flicker of life in a dead Bloodsucker’s eyes, the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Twitter account popped up with an announcement this week. The sequel is still being developed, and it’s being made in the Unreal Engine, the pixel powerhouse behind such games as Fortnite and—uh—Bacon Man: An Adventure. Developers GSC Game World seem to be getting awfully cosy with Epic Games, name-dropping them in…

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2 years ago

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 announced, again

It was a great surprise when GSC Game World announced S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 in 2018, given that they previously scrapped it when the studio essentially shut down in 2011 and its makers had long-since left. It's simultaneously a) less and b) more of a surprise to see GSC Game World announce S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 again in 2019 because a) we knew b) wait they're announcing it again?…

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is in development, but not due until 2021

Good news for fans of uncompromisingly bleak and incomparably atmospheric Eastern European sandbox shooters: an official S.T.A.L.K.E.R. sequel is on the way, original devs GSC Game World have confirmed.The less-good news is that we’re all going to have to continue playing mods for the original games for a while yet. According to the announcement, the game isn’t due until 2021. And for those itching to pass the time…

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6 years ago

Get Into Here: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Studio GSC Reopened

Y'know GSC Game World? Oh, you do! The Ukrainian studio behind spookyhard FPS series S.T.A.L.K.E.R.? Oh, you must! You remember - they seemed to close in 2011 but held on a bit longer, still working on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 for a few months then cancelling it, and since only resurfaced to weigh in on confusing brand rights issues. See, I knew you knew them. Well, they're…

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7 years ago

Survarium Entering Open Beta… For One Day

Do you want post-apocalyptic Russian survival shooting to fill the irradiated void left behind by STALKER 2's cancellation? Well, the handsomely molded ashes of GSC Game World, aka Vostok Games, have something in store for you, even if it doesn't exactly play like STALKER just yet. Survarium is currently in closed beta, but it's going fully, completely open for, er, 24 hours this Friday. After that…

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8 years ago

GSC: We Remain The Owner Of The STALKER Brand

Update: GSC responded to our queries, pointing out two rather major items: 1) "BitComposer doesn't have any rights as to S.T.A.L.K.E.R., except for distributing our game Call of Pripyat on some territories," a rep clarified. "They may have purchased the rights for the game based on Roadside Picnic, but it has nothing to do with S.T.A.L.K.E.R. or its universe." 2) "GSC is seeking ways to continue the series,…

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BitComposer Acquire S.T.A.L.K.E.R. From “Strygatsky”?

UPDATE: Just got off the phone with bitComposer, who tell us that they DID acquire Stalker rights from the late Boris Strugatsky. Quite what this means for the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise isn't clear, as they can make no further comment at this time.UPDATE 2: It seems we might be looking at STALKER for bitComposer and a separate franchise to S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Confusing, eh?Those of you who have…

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Bethesda Have Rights To STALKER, Claims Galyonkin

RussianUkrainian blogger and marketing man Sergey Galyonkin - who tipped off the closure of the STALKER 2 project earlier this year - has claimed that Bethesda now have the rights to make a publish a STALKER game. They apparently do not have rights to the extended universe. GSC owner Sergei Grigorovich has not sold the brand, but apparently Bethesda could now make a game based…

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9 years ago

Feature: Don't Just Stand There

Survarium Is “STALKERĀ Idea’s Next Evolutionary Step”

Yesterday, we all poured one out and strummed our acoustic guitars in the irradiated rain for STALKER 2. From its ashes, however, Survarium has risen. Be warned, though: this isn't STALKER 2.5. It's a brave new MMOFPS world, and the newly christened Vostok Games has no intention of treading water. So then, will it be different? Probably. Will it be excellent? Hopefully. And will it…

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Stalker 2 Dead (Again), But Now There’s Survarium

The GSC veterans have sent word that they are forming a new studio, Vostock Games, and will be making a game called Survarium, which is apparently a Stalker-like MMOFPS. Stalker 2 itself is "frozen" and the team will be focusing on the new game. They have tweeted: "All those asking about funding etc. That is not the issue. We were unable to secure the IP…

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GSC: “Stalker 2 is currently in development”

A tweet from the usually rather quiet GSC Stalker Twitter account has assured us that the game is still being worked on. It's the first word we've had on the development of game since January, when we heard that they were seeking funding for the project following the studio's collapse. That they've lasted until now, and that they're speaking positively, is encouraging, but I don't…

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The Skies Clear for STALKER 2

"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…

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

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…

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STALKER: “There Is Cause For Hope”

A surprise Christmas present from GSC, at which there appears to remain some life despite the awful news that they (and with them Stalker 2) had apparently been shut down earlier this month:"Dear Stalkers: We will not be releasing any official news until around mid January. However there is cause for hope! Good hunting!"That is all. But that is something. And it's the second claim…

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Stalker 2: A Light In The Wasteland

The sudden apparent closure of GSC GameWorld and death of Stalker 2 is, for me, the saddest gaming news of this year, and a whole lot of other years to boot. Jim eloquently summed up why over the weekend. The waters of explanation remain deeply muddied however, so all we can do is hope that some glimmer of life emerges from the ruins. We got…

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This Could Be Leaked Stalker 2 Art

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”

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…

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GSC Respond On Stalker 2 DRM Issue

Following yesterday's DRM-alarm going off, GSC have now said that using an always-on solution is for them "a possibility, not a choice." We also received this statement:"The idea of implementing DRM came in as a possible anti-piracy solution. You know the severe level of commercial piracy we have here in ex-USSR region. This said however, there is no firm decision to go for DRM with…

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