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

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    GSC Game World announces S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 - the official sequel to best-selling game series - in development now. A completely new multi-platform technology developed by GSC will make the core of the game. Sergiy Grygorovych, CEO of GSC Game World said:

    The game is scheduled for release in 2012.

    Source: gsc-game.com
     
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    S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 - Design a mission, get it in S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2.

    GSC Game World has launched a contest to find the best quest ideas for S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2. Interested parties can submit up to five ideas, including quest name and description, plus mission details. Full details are on the competition's Facebook page. The names of the contest winners:

    The competition will run from now until March 1, 2011, with the game due for release the following year.

    Sources: facebook.com and cvg.com
     
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    S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 - TV Interview.

    GSC Game World's Oleg Yavorsky explains the recent news of plans for a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. television series in an interview on Rock, Paper, Shotgun about this adaptation of their first person shooter series. He discusses how the project came to be, that they are funding it themselves, and to expect scenes from S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 in the show. He also says the launch of the program should coincide with that game:

    Sources: rockpapershotgun.com and bluesnews.com
     
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    S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 - Details coming soon.

    Apart fom the confirmation this past summer that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 will definitely be coming our way, we have not heard much else about it. Developer GSC Game World now comes foward to explain this lack in information, even giving us some tidbits. The devs explained that the reason why they have not released much press release about the sequel is that it is just in its early stages of development. As such, there really is nothing much to show the public at this point. However, that's all about to change now as the devs are promising some much-awaited information about it now. GSC explains that apart from being in the early stages of development, the game is just as well completing the new game engine, which they are focusing on bringing you a high level genre come 2011.

    They're even claiming that the engine will blow everyone away by meeting the technical quality of Crysis 2, Killzone 3 and RAGE. That's all they have for us at this point, but at least that's better than not hearing anything at all. We'll be keeping you updated on more as they come.

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    S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 - To have more of a survival element, won’t make console compromises.

    The STALKER 2 development team have been answering questions from fans on Facebook, revealing a few early details about the sequel. The game is being built in a new engine for console and PC release, but GSC make assurances that the game is still being developed primarily for the PC, and will contain Direct X 11 support. STALKER 2 will also have more of a survival element, and will contain new mutants to run away from. Read on for details. GSC are still keeping their cards close to their chests, but have mentioned a few points that should ease worries about how the game’s planned multi-platform release will affect the game. Answering questions on the STALKER 2 Facebook page, GSC said:

    The team also promises that the game’s inventory and maps, common failing points for console ports, would not be affected. STALKER 2’s new engine will also have DirectX 11 support. GSC also say that the game will have more of a survival element, which is pretty terrifying considering the punishing environments of the first three games. The game will take place in the triangle of CNPP, the cities of Chernobyl and Chernobyl 2, and contains more of the haunted X Labs and underground bunkers that represented some of the scariest areas from the original games. The new areas will contain new mutants and weapons, though the faction system will not be making a return. The radioactive artefacts that could be used to buff your characters abilities while simultaneously irradiating him to within an inch of his life will be coming back, though the application and effects of artefacts are likely to be different.

    GSC were also asked if the new zone would be one huge explorable area, instead of the smaller environments linked by jarring loading screens. GSC said let’s postpone this question for now. Hopefully that will become yes at some point in the future. A vast, seamless version of the Zone would be an amazing place to explore. The game’s currently on track for a 2012 release.

    Sources: pcgamer.com and facebook.com
     
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    S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 - Requires permanent connection.

    GSC Games' Claudia Kern has said in a German interview that the developers have implemented the need for a permanent internet connection into S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2.

    We'll have to see whether this doesn't tamper with the gameplay as it does with so many other games.

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    S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 - No Firm Decision DRM.

    Rock, Paper, Shotgun has a response from GSC Game World to yesterday's report suggesting some sort of always-on DRM is in the works for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2. Word is that while such a plan is being considered for the first-person shooter sequel, they have not yet made a final decision:

    Sources: rockpapershotgun.com and bluesnews.com
     
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    S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 - GSC Closure Rumour

    ORIGINAL: According to this report from Ukrainian news site UkraNews, GSC has been shut down by owner Sergei Grigorovich. The closure was apparently announced to the workforce earlier today. The autotranslation is messy, so if anyone can explain the sixth paragraph – which tries to speculate on what was going on – accurately, that would be great.

    GSC deny the report on their twitter here. We’ve contacted them for a comment. The denial tweet has now been deleted. Hmm. Still trying to get confirmation on this, but it’s looking like GSC is down. Dmitri Bourkovski (apparently not a GSC employee) has just tweeted:

    GSC have got back to me with:

    That does not sound promising.

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    S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 - Statement Monday

    GSC Game World tweets about their plans to respond to the rumors that the Ukrainian developer is shutting down. Here's the short and sweet tweet:

    "An official statement will be made on Monday."

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    S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 - Dev Will Do Its Best To Continue

    Following reports last week that STALKER maker GSC Game World had shut, the Ukrainian developer today released a brief update on the studio's status. It said on the official STALKER Twitter account:

    "We will do our best to continue. However, at this moment, nothing is certain."

    Ukrainian news site UkraNews reported last week that GSC owner Sergei Grigorovich had informed staff on Friday of plans to close the studio. According to subsequent reports, GSC initially denied the report via Twitter before deleting its denial.

    Initially set for release in 2012, STALKER 2 was set to be the first game in the series to launch on consoles, although GSC said earlier this year that it was being developed primarily for PC.

    Sources: computerandvideogames.com & youtube.com
     
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    S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 - Good News?

    Just recently we received the sad, sad news that GSC's S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 was cancelled. But today, as reported by RockPaperShotgun, GSC had what could be some good news on their Twitter feed. The tweet doesn't say much:

    "Dear Stalkers: We will not be releasing any official news until around mid January. However there is cause for hope! Good hunting!"

    Feel free to speculate, we here are wildly hoping that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 either gets sold to another studio to complete, or has had some amazing angel investor come in to save the day.

    Sources: ign.com & twitter.com
     
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    S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 - Development Continues

    After some unconfirmed reports about closing of GSC Game World, developers just updated their Facebook page with the following message:

    "The Stalker team is extremely happy! Why? Because we are continuing work on Stalker 2 after the holidays."

    Sources: gamershell.com & facebook.com
     
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    S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 - Development Continues

    Developer GSC Game World has seen tough times in the last six months. After initial reports that the studio was closed, the company started dropping messages on its social feeds that left fans wondering.

    First was a tweet telling fans there was still reason to hope. Next was a Facebook post saying the game was still in development. Today GSC Gameworld has posted yet another Twitter message regarding S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2. It simply states:

    "To answer the multitude of questions we've been getting, Stalker 2 is currently in development, yes. However there is no release date yet."

    Are you still hopeful about the release of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2? Maybe all it needs is a bit of a Kickstarter...

    Sources: ign.com & youtube.com
     
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    S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 - Still Alive Animation Video Released

    Developer GSC has released a new video for post-apocalyptic shooter Stalker 2 and in doing so has attempted to reassure fans concerned about the game's future. The Ukrainian developer tweeted a link to the video, which shows animations created by a former member of staff. When a follower pointed out this was the case, GSC insisted the work remained in the current game.

    In January GSC was forced to confirm that Stalker 2 was still in development following reports of its cancellation late last year, a post on the official Stalker Facebook page reads:

    "The Stalker team is extremely happy! Why? Because we are continuing work on Stalker 2 after the holidays."

    Ukrainian news agency UkraNews reported in December 2011 that GSC founder and CEO Sergei Grigorovich had decided to close the company, leaving Stalker 2 canned. GSC later appeared to confirm the news via its Twitter feed, although promised Stalker 2 development would continue if possible. GSC wrote:

    "We will do our best to continue. However, at this moment, nothing is certain."

    Grigorovich was apparently unhappy at the progress made with Stalker 2, while Ukrainian law enforcement was interested in taking control of the company.

    Sources: eurogamer.net & twitter.com
     
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    S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 - Frozen, Developers Start New Studio

    Stalker 2 is all but dead and buried, judging by a rush of activity surrounding beleaguered developer GSC. What's left of the Ukranian studio today Tweeted:

    "Despite no official continuation of Stalker 2. it looks like the ideas and spirit will live on in the team's new game - Survarium."

    It turns out that Survarium is a free-to-play MMO being developed at start-up Vostok Games, founded by key GSC staff. Its home page explains that it was found last month following a lack of forward momentum on Stalker 2. It reads:

    "Our company appeared in March 2012 in Kiev. Ten years earlier, when at GSC Game World we started developing the renowned S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game series and continued working on it until December 2011 when the studio was unexpectedly shut down and the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 project - frozen.

    We did not reach agreement with the rights owner regarding the use of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. brand, that's why we made the decision to move forward as an independent studio with a new project. That day became our starting point for Vostok Games."

    The game's website states that it's set in the near future following a mass scale ecological catastrophe. The announcement blurb reads:

    "Impassable woods advance onto cities from every side, maddened animals and birds attack industrial complexes, military structures, warehouses and power plants. Strange plants and mushrooms grow through concrete and steel.

    Scientists all over the world haplessly try to cope with the anomaly sprawling across the Earth with terrifying speed. Countries collapse, anarchy spreads throughout the world. Now force dictates who to survive."

    It's being developed on the studio's new Vostok Engine and is due out on PC towards the end of 2013. Stalker 2's fate still seems a little murky - as recently as a few weeks ago GSC was Tweeting about new progress on the title, despite reports that its CEO had decided to close the company.

    We've reached out to Vostok for additional details on the new project as well as word on Stalker 2's demise - look out for more soon.

    Sources: eurogamer.net & twitter.com
     
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    S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 - Rumour License Sold To Bethesda

    Chalk this one up as wishful thinking if you like, but reports out of East Europe suggest S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 may not be ready for burial just yet. Stalker-GSC.ru has got hold of a statement attributed to GSC World owner Sergei Grigorovich, but wouldn’t vouch for its authenticity. According to the auto-translate:

    "I realized that this concept of the STALKER will not be of interest to many players and decided to [cancel development]. Announcement will not be shown instead, all that the team managed to do without me. STALKER brand into the hands of Bethesda Games. I’m leaving the game development."

    Bethesda has nothing to say on the matter, unfortunately.

    Source: vg247.com
     
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    S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 - Bethesda Buys STALKER Rumours Debunked

    Former GSC Game World boss Sergei Grigorovich has dismissed rumours that Fallout and Skyrim developer Bethesda has acquired the rights to the Ukrainian dev's STALKER series. Yesterday's rumours were shot down on the series' official Facebook page:

    "There is no truth to the allegations that the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. rights have been sold to Bethesda. The rights belong to Sergiy Grygorovych, the founder of GSC Game World."

    Rumours that Bethesda had swooped for the IP following GSC Game World's closure earlier this week originated from a Russian fansite. Although the latest official statement seems to clear things up, we wouldn't be surprised if a deal was being hammered out behind-the-scenes. As expected, Bethesda is remaining tight-lipped.

    While STALKER 2 has been cancelled, much of the development team has reformed as Vostok Games. It's working on Survarium, a free to play PC title billed as the evolution of STALKER.

    Sources: computerandvideogames.com & facebook.com
     
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    S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 - Bethesda Rumor

    This tweet from Sergey Galyonkin, marketing director at 1C Multimedia and this blog post have sparked rumors that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is in development at Bethesda Softworks after development of the first-person shooter sequel was frozen following trouble at developer GSC Game World. The Steam Forums has a translation:

    "The following info is from a reliable source but isn't official, keep that in mind. Sergey Grigorovich didn't sell the brand name "STALKER".

    Bethesda is going to publish a STALKER game and has all the rights to it. The game is multiplatform(consoles+PC) and is based on Bethesda technology.

    It's being made by a studio familiar with that technology(possibly Obisidian or the Fallout 3 team from Bethesda, but no facts as of yet). It is almost 100% guaranteed that it's not a Ukrainian studio.

    Bethesda will be able to buy the brand name from Grigorovich later, but for now all the misc. merchandise is his responsibility.

    Release date, engine, detailes - TBA."

    Sources: twitter.com & bluesnews.com
     
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    S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Franchise Purchased by bitComposer

    We've just received word that bitComposer Entertainment has acquired the rights to create games based on the STALKER franchise from Boris Natanovich Strygatsky. According to the press release, this is the second popular brand acquired purchased by the studio in the past few years. Stefan Weyl, member of the bitComposer Entertainment AG executive board said:

    "The acquisition of the S.T.AL.K.E.R. license serves as an important cornerstone for the further international orientation of bitComposer Entertainment AG. For us, this brand represents a bridge to an important segment of triple-A products and a milestone in the history of the company. We would like to express our gratitude to Boris Natanovich Strygatsky."

    Wolfgang Duhr, member of the bitComposer Entertainment AG executive board added:

    "S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is a reputable brand with a long history of success. To date, the series has sold many millions of units worldwide. Naturally, we’d like to tap into the success of this series, and we see a great deal of potential for the future."

    Anyway, I hope this means we'll see S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 sooner rather than later.

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    S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - GSC Game World Refutes Sale Claim

    GSC Game World, the Snake Plissken of game developers, claims to still own the rights to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise, in spite of the claim that bitComposer Entertainment has picked the IP based on the Russian sci-fi property. Gamasutra has posted the following email about this from GSC sales and marketing rep Eugene Kuchma:

    "In view of the rumors appearing in press, we find it necessary to inform that GSC Game World and Sergey Grigorovich [GSC CEO] remain to be the sole owners of all the intellectual property rights to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game series and the brand overall, including all the trademarks, the game universe, the technology etc. This can be easily verified with the trademark services online.

    From time to time news on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. brand purchase by this or that company appear over the Internet. We relate such a keen interest in the brand to its exceptional popularity. Even the purchase of rights to create a Roadside picnic book-based game by a small publisher is presented as the continuation of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise. We have doubts regarding the mentioned product by BitComposer (the publisher of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat in some territories), since the latter has significant debts in terms of fulfilling the obligations under the existing contract between our companies.]"

    Sources: gamasutra.com and bluesnews.com
     

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