In what can only be described as a truly depressing turn of events, GSC Game World has formally announced that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 development has stalled. Apparently the Ukrainian studio has been unable to acquire the rights to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. IP, and after freezing development since December, they've opted to form a new studio and start work on a new title.
However, the plot thickens. According to some sketchy rumours, the IP may lie with none other than Bethesda Softworks.Click here to read more...
To coin a phrase, it seems that rumours of GSC's demise have been greatly exaggerated. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. fans were disappointed when the studio announced a shock closure due to"unspecified personal reasons"... but it appears that they've managed to regroup and will soon be restarting development on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 according to a new official Facebook status update.
"The Stalker team is extremely happy! Why? Because we are continuing work on Stalker 2 after the holidays."
This makes us extremely happy too. The games market definitely needs more innovative and uncompromising single-player FPS titles, and the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series has long been a beacon for the hardcore. Long may it continue.
Last week, news emerged that STALKER 2 studio, GSC Game World, had closed their doors, ending work on the still-in-development shooter. The news was first denied by the studio via Twitter, until the same social network hosted on an open revelation from the team, who confirmed the very sad news which came as a sudden, unexpected blow to fans of the game eagerly awaiting its release.
Well, once again Twitter is where it's all at, with GSC telling their fans "we will do our best to continue". However, they advise caution, as "nothing is certain", with the studio still closed and no sign of light at the end of the tunnel yet. The exact details on GSC Game World's closure remain secret, but it would appear CEO Sergei Grigorovich was unimpressed with the teams work on STALKER 2, with Ukrainian law enforcement apparently interested in the assuming control. Very strange indeed. [Twitter]
We've sad news to report for STALKER 2 and GSC Game World fans today, as not only have the studio cancelled work on the followup to the Chernobyl-set open-world shooter, but they too have been shut down, after CEO Sergei Grigorovich pulled the plug on both team and title for "unspecified personal reasons". Reports emerged earlier today of STALKER 2's cancellation, followed swiftly by rumours of GSC's demise.
The STALKER team denied the news on Twitter, until GSC director Dmitri Bourkovski took to the social networking site himself to publicly confirm the closure of GSC Game World and subsequently STALKER 2. We've no official word on why this has happened, although considering the current economical climate and the stagnating FPS genre, it's not hard to imagine financial concerns were at play. We'll have more for you on this as and when it develops. [Eurogamer]
The original S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl wowed the PC crowd back in 2007 with its unforgiving and rewarding take on the first person RPG. Whilst an expansion pack hit earlier this year, fans are desperate to get back to The Zone to work out what the hell's going on... and luckily, GSC Game World has finally announced a fully fledged sequel.
"After the official sales of the series exceeded 4 million copies worldwide, we had no doubts left to start creating a new big game in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. universe. This will be the next chapter of the mega-popular game players expect from us" - Sergiy Grygorovych, CEO of GSC Game World
Interestingly, the press release states that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 will be powered by "completely new multi-platform technology"- which suggests that the series could well be headed to consoles.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 has been slated for a 2012 release. Naturally, we'll keep you updated by the wire. [GSC Game World]
Crytek broke our hears when they announced that we wouldn't be able to play Crysis 2 this year, but at least we now have a solid date to look forward to. According to the official Crysis 2 twitter feed, the European release date has been scheduled for March 25th 2010.
It's a long time, I know. However, expect this extra few months to be spent polishing the finished product to a state of near-perfection... and adding some jawdropping 3D for the PS3 version. Crytek are all about the 3D these days. [via 1UP]
Quakecon has provided Bethesda with a handy new soapbox from which to shout about their wares. During a panel featuring several big-name developers (including ex-Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella), Bethesda Studio Director Todd Howard stated that they were two years into developing an as-yet unnannounced project.
As you'd expect, details are thin on the ground- but the smart money is currently on Elder Scrolls 5 or the rumoured Elder Scrolls MMO. [VG247]
Bizarrely, this was the only real news to come out of the West and Zampella panel. Was anyone else expecting a Respawn announcement?