Rumor: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Canceled, GSC Game World Closed - UPDATED

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Rumor: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Canceled, GSC Game World Closed - UPDATED

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An ugly rumor coming out of Ukraine claims that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is canceled and developer GSC Game World has been closed down.

This is seriously disappointing news if it turns out to be true. According to a Google translation of Ukrainian News, GSC Game World founder and CEO Sergei Grigorovich has decided to shut down the company. What led to the decision isn't clear, although it appears that someone - perhaps Grigorovich, perhaps employees at the studio - weren't happy with the progress being made on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2. The closure of the studio, of course, means that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is dead in the water.

And sadly, it looks like it is true: GSC initially denied the report via Twitter, but that tweet was quickly deleted and then followed by another from GSC Director Dmitri Bourkovski, who wrote, "not PR. GSC closed." In response to inquiries from Rock, Paper, Shotgun, GSC said only, "Sorry, no comments at this point," which is never a good sign.

On the other hand, this wouldn't be the first time that an eastern European game company pulled a bizarre "we're going out of business!" stunt to drum up publicity. It's a faint hope - a very, very faint hope - but given how much I've been looking forward to S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, I'm going to cling to it.

UPDATE: It turns out that Dmitri Bourkovski, who earlier "confirmed" the closure of GSC on Twitter, doesn't actually work for GSC Game World at all; his Linkedin profile lists him as the "Head of Publishing, Games Division" at Mail.ru. He also told Beefjack that he has "no connection" with the project and was only tweeting about what he'd heard. An interesting twist! We're waiting for an official response to our inquiries from GSC and will update again when we hear more.

UPDATE 2: Sergey Galyonkin, marketing director at 1C Multimedia [1C Company published the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games in some regions] has blogged about the closure of GSC, which you may or may not take as confirmation as you see fit. "GSC is closed, a fact confirmed by all. The team is almost completely dissolved, the state has only a few people," he wrote, obviously Google translated.

Galyonkin said a deal to bring the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series to consoles fell through and the projected sales for a PC-exclusive post-apocalyptic shooter based in eastern Europe weren't enough to justify the expense of developing the game. There were also apparently concerns, as stated earlier, about the current state of the game's development and some claims that GSC Game World chief Grigorovich is just "stupidly tired."

We're still awaiting official word from GSC but at this point, it sounds very much like that's that.

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You're not the only one that's craving for a STALKER 2 release.
I'd love to eat those canned goods again... won;t let 'em stinkin' tourists get MY canned caviar!

Hopefully it is just a bit of a publicity stunt so they aren't any worse than other companies for trying to drum up controversy. I wouldn't want to see the IP being bought by someone else and being bastardised though.

Looks like the Skies aren't so clear anymore.

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Seriously though, I hope this isnt true. I want to know who is responsible for this shit. The STALKER games were outstanding at best and buggy heaps of shit at worst, but I was looking forward to the next one.

I SO hope that this is just a rumor. I don't care if it is a stunt but I SO much want S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2!
This can't be happening! D:<
Let alone all the other great games they made!

Well, this sucks for the people employed there, and it sucks for the fans. Stalker had some die hards. So I guess this is going to be hard for them.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

What other game is going to give me my fix of being told to get out of here?

I'm not as optimistic to believe the media hack thing but the truth will be between the two extremes, like usually. Maybe GSC will not go on in it's previous form, but it doesn't necessarily mean that Stalker 2 is scrapped for good. Let's wait a little longer.

I LOVE the S.T.A.L.K.E.R series!! man I hope this is just a rumor or a PR stunt. One of the few games that made so curious about it's lore and it's inspirations, I actually made a school project about Chernobyl with the help of "Call of Pripyat".

"No Metro Last light, I didn't settle for you, you were always my number 1"

This is the lie I will tell myself.

Andy Chalk:
>An ugly rumor coming out of Ukraine claims that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is canceled and developer GSC Game World has been closed down.

Oh fffff... :|

Setting of "The Zone" is practically virgin territory bloming with possibilites, uniqueness and freshness. It should be a magnet for gaming industry... Why it isn't used more often is beyond my comprehension.

gizunt:
One of the few games that made so curious about it's lore and it's inspirations, I actually made a school project about Chernobyl with the help of "Call of Pripyat".

Have you read the original novel written by Strugatsky brothers ?

Hmmm, well these guys have had a lot of problems getting games out in a timely manner, and honestly while their games have been pretty cool none of them have exactly been huge successes.

Also I've heard that given all the tensions with Russia it and a lot of it's "Eastern Bloc" and "Eastern European" countries with sympathies are in the process of changing their trade policies given the shape the EU is in and anti-western propaganda is reaching something of an all time high even if we choose to ignore it.

How true any of that is remains to be seen, I haven't run into as much about it (harder to find) than a lot of the stuff I frequently referance and link to about China or The Middle East, but it could be influacing thing like game development and distribution. Simply put games need the Western Market (The US mostly, followed by Europe) in order to survive... with Japan and some of the far eastern markets representing exceptions.

If your looking at a situation where the trade policies are going to change, a national firewall is about to go into place (or become more draconian) and the authorities are looking for properly "patriotic" messages in their media as opposed to more general market appeal... well I can see the issue and why they don't want to explain it.

Only time will tell if we ever get the details, it might be horrible development progress, politics, or a combination of the two.

Don't tell me this!
STALKER is one of the greatest franchises ever, if they get closed down can someone decent please buy the trademark?

No not Bethesda, I love Fallout and Skyrim, but I don't want STALKER to become like those games.

So you know, I've dropped a line with my contact at GSC and I'll if/when he gets back to me, I'll let you know what he says.

I don't think it is PR the rumours get a lot darker depending on where you look. The leaked concept art looked fucking amazing too.

That's it, if this is true my life is over. Goodbye cruel world.

Damn, and I was starting to enjoy the series. I picked up Call of Pripyat on a whim, and I loved it. It's like Russian Fallout.

This better not be actually true. The veteran Zoners will not be pleased.

Not entirely unsurprising, but oh so gutting.

For me, this is like Trioka shutting doors all over again. *sigh*

Time to update the TV Tropes page for Too Good To Last ?

edit: Just read the update: fingers crossed.

Stalker 1 took ages to make and went way over budget. What was released was a half finished game, which was still decent and interesting to play, but never reached its true potential. That being an indicator for part 2 hasn't given me much hope to begin with.

While I am a big fan of the Escapist I find myself disappointed at the seeming lack of research done on the original story. The update to the story states that the person the author claimed was a GSC Director does not work for GSC and that he has no connection to the project. As a reader this appears to be a lack of due diligence on the part of the author during his research. While I understand the story was a rumor and was labeled as such, I have come to expect and appreciate a level of professionalism from the contributors and staff of the Escapist, and this piece did not achieve that.

That being said I do appreciate that the author amended the story to correct the misinformation. It is a testament to the journalistic integrity of not only the magazine but the author as well.

My comments written here are not meant as an attack on Andy Chalk or the Escapist. I hold the magazine as well as the author in high regards and wish them both nothing but the best.

gizunt:
One of the few games that made so curious about it's lore and it's inspirations, I actually made a school project about Chernobyl with the help of "Call of Pripyat".

Have you read the original novel written by Strugatsky brothers ?[/quote]

I've checked like ten different book stores in my area and none of them had it :(

gizunt:

gizunt:
One of the few games that made so curious about it's lore and it's inspirations, I actually made a school project about Chernobyl with the help of "Call of Pripyat".

Have you read the original novel written by Strugatsky brothers ?

I've checked like ten different book stores in my area and none of them had it :(

If you're really desperate there are English translation pdfs online, I remember one being linked from a STALKER wiki.

What the hell is wrong with you people??
STALKER is a shit game. A boring shit game.
Have you not played Fallout 3 or something??

Oh, please please PLEASE, tell me this isn't true!!! I really hope not!

JesterRaiin:

Andy Chalk:
>An ugly rumor coming out of Ukraine claims that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is canceled and developer GSC Game World has been closed down.

Oh fffff... :|

Setting of "The Zone" is practically virgin territory bloming with possibilites, uniqueness and freshness. It should be a magnet for gaming industry... Why it isn't used more often is beyond my comprehension.

gizunt:
One of the few games that made so curious about it's lore and it's inspirations, I actually made a school project about Chernobyl with the help of "Call of Pripyat".

Have you read the original novel written by Strugatsky brothers ?

1. For good reason. It's not overused. Best keep it to devs that make games that let you explore it at your own pace. The version in CoD4 was fun, and looked great, and had atmosphere, but little pacing. That's why I loved STALKER, just wandering around the Zone for hours on end.

2. I didn't finish it. It got scary, and I put it down for the night, then never got around to it again. Well, going on vacation with my e-book reader, so I'll put it on that.

THEoriginalBRIEN:
What the hell is wrong with you people??
STALKER is a shit game. A boring shit game.
Have you not played Fallout 3 or something??

We did. And STALKER does post apocalyptic in a way that Fallout could only hope to emulate.

Not that it wasn't a good game in its own right, but comparing the atmosphere between the two is just absurd.

ax2099:
While I am a big fan of the Escapist I find myself disappointed at the seeming lack of research done on the original story. The update to the story states that the person the author claimed was a GSC Director does not work for GSC and that he has no connection to the project. As a reader this appears to be a lack of due diligence on the part of the author during his research. While I understand the story was a rumor and was labeled as such, I have come to expect and appreciate a level of professionalism from the contributors and staff of the Escapist, and this piece did not achieve that.

That being said I do appreciate that the author amended the story to correct the misinformation. It is a testament to the journalistic integrity of not only the magazine but the author as well.

My comments written here are not meant as an attack on Andy Chalk or the Escapist. I hold the magazine as well as the author in high regards and wish them both nothing but the best.

theres a reason the first word in the title is "rumor"

op: this better not fucking happen. this is one of the few upcoming games that showed promise, other than hl3, thief 4, and the secret world

Elgladiator:

Im hoping this post doesn't get a low content infraction, it's dead-on accurate if this is true.

I hope it isn't true though, i've been waiting for this game for a while now and i've loved all the previous S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games.

Elgladiator:

Nothing more needs to be said. ;_;

...maybe... maybe they'll at least release the unfinished build and let the modders work their magic?

Hopefully it isn't true but now I have a general question... I believe it was Clear Sky that shipped with TAGES as the DRM, what will they do for authentication servers if the doors do close? Of the series, CS was the only one I never finished because it was a buggy mess and I was hoping some day to boot it back up and give it another go.

This is a prime example of why I hate DRM as a general practice, I understand the reasoning but it may force me to do the very thing it was designed to prevent in order to enjoy my legally purchased product (I own the physical version and not the digital one).

According to this Ukranian blogger who claims contacts within GSC, the studio truly has closed.

- Colour me disappointed if this turns out to be the case.

Edit: Oh crap, seems their social media manager is already looking for a new job.
Well, guess that confirms it.

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