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

8 years ago

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…

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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…

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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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Feature: Don't call it an obituary

On The Importance Of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

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…

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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…

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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…

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“Permanent Internet Access” For STALKER 2

Kotaku Australia are reporting this Ukrainian publication's interview with GSC's Studio Director Sergey Grigorovich. In it it he answers a huge number of questions, revealing little about the sequel apart from question one about "security" for the forthcoming game: “Software piracy is an issue for us, we try to fight it, but within reason... Protection from piracy? Part of the content will be located on…

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“Stalker Soup”, Narodnaya Solyanka

So I've finally got around to installing the Shadow Of Chernobyl "mega-mod", Narodnaya Solyanka. It's a tangled compilation of Russian-language add-ons, put together by a Russian team, which has been roughly translated into English by enthusiastic bi-lingual Stalker-fans. The translation is interesting. Overall, though, Narodnaya Solyanka provides us with a vast amount additional content, including new maps, maps pulled in from the other games, and…

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Mod News: The End

This is it. The end. This column you are about to read will be the last ever Mod News. Sniff. It’s been a pleasure, guys. But no, really, it has. Over the past year, I’ve had a fantastic time as RPS’ mods guy, and it’s been a real honour to write this column every week - even if it is essentially just a roundup of…

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Mod News: Clever Girl

Quite a lot of mod news this week, apparently, even though there's very little for you to actually play. There's a long-awaited update from Jurrassic Life, as well as plenty of other gubbins related to Half-Life 2, Crysis, Stalker: Clear Sky, Portal 2 and Dirt 3. That's a lot of games! Read on to find out what's what.

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Mod News: Excuses, Excuses

Where were you all last week? I turned up and no one was here, honest! What's that? No, I'm not crossing my fingers behind my back, and you definitely didn't see him heading off on holiday. What nonsense. Anyway, to make up for it, here's an extra-long edition of Mod News to cover the past two weeks. This time: Crash Bandicoot, a Warcraft III art…

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Oh, Completely: Clear Sky Complete

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…

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Call Of Pripyat Complete Is Complete

Popular Stalker mod series Complete has arrived at its third iteration, with the completion of Call Of Pripyat Complete. Complete hooray! The mod overhauls the visuals, the audio, the AI, the UI, as well as adding a bunch of other features such as the sleeping bag (for sleeping anywhere), and the fate of stalkers caught out in the emissions. There's a trailer below. It's rather…

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9 years ago

First Details For Stalker 2?

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…

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Saving Of Chernobyl: Stalker, 75p/99c

The jury is, as far as I can tell, still somewhat out on the Games For Windows do-ever, but Microsoft's Steam rival has certainly been offering a few tempting mega-discounts lately. This time (as LewieP tips us off to) it's the original STALKER (Shadow of Chernobyl) for less than a pound/dollar. Only lasts for today, so get a wriggle on if you want it and…

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GSC Explain The STALKER TV Show

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…

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Your Quest In STALKER 2?

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…

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The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. TV Series

The next GSC S.T.A.L.K.E.R. project will be... a TV show? Yes, it seems to be real. You can check out the trailer below, and the teaser site here. I've contacted GSC for comment. I wish I had something profound to add, but really I am just pleased that it looks like it's trying to be faithful to the game. Weird. Possibly awesome.

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