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Feature: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. in the age of social media.

Modder Superior: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Anomaly is the next best thing to a sequel

The past few years have been amazing for fans of the gritty survival shooter sandbox series S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Between a vague but permissive modding agreement and an engine-code leak, fans had all the tools they needed to make their own successor. The likes of Lost Alpha, Dead Air and the upcoming multiplayer Ray Of Hope are all impressive, but the recently re-released Anomaly is the closest we've seen to…

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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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Feature: There's something behind you

The eeriest places in games are the ones where the environment is the monster

Whilst raw forms of horror work through shock and disgust, the eerie is felt more as a threat. Perhaps something seems to hover over or follow you -- there’s a rustling just behind you, or a shimmering in your peripheral vision. Usually eeriness pertains to places rather than people. Places that seem to move, shift or even act when they really should lie still. This…

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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…

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Feature: Select-All Party Like It's 1999

Cossacks 3 review

Whilst I was playing Cossacks 3 [official site], a console-focused journalist of some reknown (TV's famous Simon Parkin, since you ask) popped his head into the rotting cupboard above a coffee shop that I attempt to call an office. He didn't say anything when he glaced at my screen; didn't have to, for his face said it all. This, these tiny men, those cod-historical serif…

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Studio GSC Announce… Cossacks 3

Remember when S.T.A.L.K.E.R. studio GSC Gameworld grandly announced its renewed existence to the world, and how I warned you it was unlikely their next game would be a new entry in the open-world FPS series? I do hope you didn't get your hopes up regardless. GSC Game World today announced Cossacks 3 [official site], which is actually a remake of ye olde Cossacks: European Wars…

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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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Feature: Scanning For Anomalies

In the Zone: How Gamers Experience The Real Chernobyl

I am standing in the middle of Pripyat in what was intended to be the site of the 1986 May Day festivities. Now an expanse of cracked concrete, the iconic rusting ferris wheel stands behind me. No one else is in sight, as I've been left here alone to get on with some measurements. Looking down at the Geiger counter in my hand I slowly…

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Feature: Stalk this way

Impressions: Stalker: Lost Alpha

Stalker: Lost Alpha is out, but it's not finished. Typical Stalker, really. The game, a fan-fronted effort to reconnect all the elements that were cut from Shadow of Chernobyl, was leaked during development. The developers have chosen to release it earlier than planned, and I decided to try it out. It's still Stalker, still based on the first game, but at the same time it's…

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. MISERY 2.0 Will Make Summer Grimmer

The sun is beating the UK into sweaty submission. Flowers are blooming, there is blue where there's usually grey, and lollypops are the staple food source. Summer has finally decided to show up and make the world brighter and sort of happier, so this weekend I closed the curtains and spent my off-time fiddling with Stalker. I decided I wanted to pretty up the original…

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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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Of Space Chickens And Men: Humans Must Answer

Was my decision to write this story influenced strongly by the fact that I'd get to include the phrase "space chickens" in a headline? Future scholars will argue over the answer to that very question for generations, and they'll be wasting their time because duh. But eggstraterrestrials galaxy-faring coop-flyers are - believe it or not - only part of what makes Humans Must Answer intriguing. The other half…

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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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Feature: Don't Just Stand There

Survarium Is “STALKER 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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GSC Enter The Good Old Games Zone

GSC have announced their arrival at Good Old Games with a bundled package of some of their most fondly remembered titles. Yes, it's the Cossacks Anthology, containing Cossacks: European Wars and its two expansion packs. Now, I do have very fond memories of Cossacks' take on the historical RTS, throwing around thousands of units at once, but of course it's the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games that most…

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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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