S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 presses on, but studio needs cash - Report

Game's Facebook page says the team is back at work on postapocalyptic sequel, but GSC Game World still on the hunt for funding.

Last year ended on an appropriately bleak note for fans of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series of postapocalyptic action games. GSC Game World founder and CEO Sergei Grigorovich reportedly decided to close the studio, leaving the fate of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 up in the air. After days of silence on the subject, a representative would only say that the team was trying to carry on, but "nothing is certain." This year is off to a somewhat more upbeat start for the studio, as the game's official Facebook page was updated with good news for fans.

What gamers don't want their very own S.T.A.L.K.E.R?

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

Despite that, GSC Game World does not appear to be out of the woods just yet. Speaking with Edge Magazine, GSC representative Oleg Yavorsky said the studio was "still in the process of seeking funding to back up the project."

The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games are centered around Chernobyl, which suffered a nuclear reactor meltdown in 1986. In the original game, the town is subjected to a second dose of nuclear fallout, spawning a rash of hideously mutated monsters. To date, GSC Game World has released two follow-ups to the original game: Clear Sky and Call of Pripyat. A full sequel, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, was announced in 2010 with a 2012 release window attached.

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Lithos_
Lithos_

One of my favorite series ever. All my positive vibes, GSC! You guys rock!

pupster
pupster

I truly hope that the funding comes through without a takeover, the game has always been my favorite since SOC. The charactors and story lines are always unique.

TheWriter30
TheWriter30

Just read my review, you'll know how much I love this game. Good point somebody made about NOT getting pirate copies of the game...I am still wondering why so many crappy (aka boring, easy, not immersing, straightforward, dull, etc.) games are so popular....oh wait, maybe I know the answer! GO STALKER!!!!

keyb0red
keyb0red

they should have reinvested the profits from their previous games instead of blowing it all away on booze, fast cars and women ;) just kidding (please dont thumbdown me)

V4LENT1NE
V4LENT1NE

I support as long as they dont release a buggy turd like they did with Call of Pripyat, I have a GTX580 and still cant run that game without stuttering its horrendous.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Port STALKER (the first one) to 360 and PS3... Sure, it wouldn't be quite as good as the PC version, but it's a relatively easy way to make a ton of revenue. Use that to fund STALKER 2, and repeat.

biokrysty
biokrysty

I have my hopes for this game, it deserves it

Mercaptan
Mercaptan

Just saw this and i can only say that i'm partialy releaved , i say partialy couse i dont whant a money hungry company to buy this game and ruin it , hope it will be like the others and less buggy ,for me STALKER is the best game experience i ever had , and i can proudly say its my favorite game , the replay value its huge , i would gladly pay 60 $ for a stalker 2 game that hasent been changed P.S i have a vague fealing that the game will be taken by THQ , this guys did the Shadow of Cernobyl and are doying the metro 2033 , i just know it :)

Psycold
Psycold

For being such low budget games, I am hard pressed to think of one other engine that created such incredibly immersive environments and I definitely have never seen such incredible weather effects. Beyond that the games actually had depth and originality, imagine that!

G_a_bb-o
G_a_bb-o

i believe that stalker will coming out and here in argentina they´ve got a lot of fans i´m so happy

params7
params7

The industry is in a pathetic condition, when makers of what really is the most immersive apocalyptic fps are struggling to find funding whereash reshashes like cod generate billions.

suade907
suade907

Yeah create a donate to stalker 2 pre-order where our donation goes to the purchase price of our game and I'll pay for my copy in advance.

the1stmoonfly
the1stmoonfly

Why are they having cash problems, were the 3 previous games successful, I thought they were.

MindlessTeef
MindlessTeef

I wish all the best for GSC for the future, I hope they can get all the cash together that they need and continuee making games for years to come. It is great for us as gamers to still have a Dev that makes games that stand out from the other mass-produced clones out there! I hoping to be "Stalking" for many more years to come!

samcrow77
samcrow77

add a donnate to stalker 2 on your offical face book i'll throw some pre order cash at it

Zipper761882
Zipper761882

I really, really hope they can find some decent financial backing. For the love of all, let us pray they don't fall in with like EA or someone like that.

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

Someone find a backer for these guys. STALKER's been the best FPS I've ever played. If there was a mod editor for the series, I'd have been modding the previous games by now. Just give them the money, and let them create the post-apocalyptic world we all know and love...but even better this time. :)

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

@Stalker_KH @BravoOneActual KH has a point. Steam and other DD sites aren't available in every region and while pirating still isn't the right thing to do. I can't blame people for wanting to try to obtain games that aren't available in their regions.

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

@STALKER_KH: Gabe Newell has plans and options for people just like you in world wide markets big and small! You're only a Steam account away from thousands of titles at rock bottom prices! I'm not *completely* ignorant to how things might really work in various parts of the world and I can assume it's tougher some places than others to get basic needs... But video games aren't food, clothing or shelter, so the "thievery is the only option" argument might not fly with the guys who make games. I'm not a SOPA supporter by any means; I'm just a "pay the artist" kind of guy. Call me old fashioned if you must.

Dragdar
Dragdar

T-_-K Posted Jan 15, 2012 12:59 pm GMT i've said this comment many times and i hope these developers read it! in countries like where i live 60$ is very expensive for entertainment specifically virtual entertainment, i can't afford buying original games and they aren't available, if they put a specific price for each country and get copyright in it, the authorities will ban pirated ones in the shops and very few have fast internet or knowledge of trackers, this way they will gain more money. and actually Activision did that with MW3 in Russia it costs 25$ at release date. " repost

hahahasan
hahahasan

i love the stalker series and i'm sure there are many others that feel the same way. Just let us pre-order the game. I'd even be willing to pay double the normal price if they offer some sort of mail in rebate when they finally ship the game.

yellosnolvr
yellosnolvr

open up a preorder system, then, my dear gsc. its a stalker game, i'll preorder asap. :)

T-_-K
T-_-K

i've said this comment many times and i hope these developers read it! in countries like where i live 60$ is very expensive for entertainment specifically virtual entertainment, i can't afford buying original games and they aren't available, if they put a specific price for each country and get copyright in it, the authorities will ban pirated ones in the shops and very few have fast internet or knowledge of trackers, this way they will gain more money. and actually Activision did that with MW3 in Russia it costs 25$ at release date.

STALKER_KH
STALKER_KH

@BravoOneActual Dear Bravo, where I live the gameshops have only pirated games. why should i pay them when i can pirate them myself? besides piracy mostly happens in third world countries, some second world and Russia none of which is, lets face it, a big market. Only malls sell original games which are outdated (im talkin Halo 2 outdated) and extremely overpiced (50 euros go about 70000 local currency)

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@BravoOneActual Hmm? No... That's not even... I'm saying , but so long as a game makes enough money, it doesn't really matter to me. It didn't quite sound spirited in my head...

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

@parrot_of_adun: It's all good. You believe the pro-piracy lies; I believe the pro-artist lies. I appreciate your spirited response. I'll never wash this cheek again. ;)

BimboShaggins
BimboShaggins

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msfan1289
msfan1289

@ supergp17 nope they are busy working on DOTA 2 -____-

msfan1289
msfan1289

they should all have day time jobs and work during the night working on the game

NoodleFighter
NoodleFighter

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Keaze_
Keaze_

Developers can't ask for donations. It's not ethical, and then there is the issue of donors then complaining "i gave you x dollars and you didnt put x and y features in the game, i gave you my money for nothing", etc. And even if they can gather 10k by donations, that doesn't get them very far, as big budget games cost millions to develop.

NoodleFighter
NoodleFighter

Agent-M agreed and the way some act, they act as if Piracy cancels out the legit sales and profit.

Agent-M
Agent-M

Consoles are just as much pirated or even more than the PC platform, since everyone is leaning towards home consoles these days. PC seems to be targeted since its the only one with a public history of piracy. This in effect hurts PC gamers, since most companies are reluctant to release or develop games with the PC platform in mind, yet never realize the consoles they are developing for are being pirated too. Companies and players need to shift blame to all platforms when it comes to piracy and stop targeting PC only. The underground console pirate scene is huge, if not bigger, than the PC pirate scene, as all it takes to play a copied game is a cheap and easy obtainable mod to get started. No, i'm not a pirate, but it doesn't take a pirate to know whats really going on in the shadows.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@BravoOneActual Only by ignoring, of course, the actual sales figures, and deciding that the piracy rate means anything concrete. If you take a look at the Witcher 2, the game was supposedly pirated many more times than legitimately purchased, yet a was a huge success. That's where you and most publishers trip up: there is no evidence that piracy = lost sales. It logical to think so, but then, most piracy doesn't even come from their biggest markets (rather, countries where games a far too expensive, or where the game wasn't even legitimately available). There simply is no evidence to suggest significant lost sales. And on top of that, if a game sells well, . F*** piracy numbers, if they make a tidy profit, then everyone's happy. The end. By the way, PC game sales have been on a steady rise for years now. So the misconception that PC gaming is being "killed from within" can go get stuffed.

NoodleFighter
NoodleFighter

I suggest people look up the sales of the stalker series and how much its worth before flaunting around the piracy card. @leviathan_wing CD projekt is already working on The Witcher 3 a long with other projects. If piracy was that bad then the games wouldn't have been successes for them

charlieboomboom
charlieboomboom

Release on consoles, never knew, meet a consolepirate.. ALL my friends are pcpirates and everyone ive EVER meet!!

leviathan_wing
leviathan_wing

s.t.a.l.k.e.r. and witcher 2... games plagued by piracy. one in doubt of release and another in doubt of getting a sequel. if only there were a way to... oh, i dont know, actually increase the odds of getting good games from good developers. some kind of monetary expenditure on my, and others, part which may help the odds of there being another great game being made... but i just dont know what it is!

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

How are these guys not getting money? If they can't find any publisher to front them the cash for development then they should open up a donation site for fans to contribute to the dev costs, I would give to that in a heartbeat. If they can raise enough money then they could go to a publisher and say "hey look guys, our fans raised this for us so there is demand for the game, how about helping us finish it?" type of thing.

Dragdar
Dragdar

I REALY REALY want them to succeed. The original was one of the BEST most atmospheric, thematic, well designed games on PC. a European dev team. . The problem is that the PC market is quite corrupt with piracy, in these days, "making it" as a company from obscurity to high budget PC games is a miracle. . While the well established competition is raking in huge cash from multiple platform sales and able to make EVEN bigger budget games, raising the market expectations in every way. .

ReaverGod666
ReaverGod666

I liked the original STALKER. It was a little hard at times but certainly not bad. I was extremely dissapointed in Call of Pripyat though, I thought it was rather unfinished and I couldn't even get more than 2 hours into it without qutting because of the difficulty and unresponsive controls. Never played Clear Sky though, maybe I'll go pick it up on steam. Still, I would definately buy a STALKER 2

stalker2010
stalker2010

i have a feeling that the game will be only pc exclusive

nyran125
nyran125

ive already bought the entire series. it was awesome. Loved it, matter of fact im replaying shadow of chenobyl now. Relase it on consoles also if they care about the money, i dont need it to be exclusive and im a PC only fanboy. (EX PLAYSTATION gamers, havent touched anoteh rconsole since i bought my high end PC since 2006, i dont think i could ever ever go back to consoles after the PC experience)

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

It'll be sweet when they scratch & claw, beg, borrow and steal, neglect family life, work endless hours for free in a spiraling world economy to finally get this game to market. ... and then be greeted by an 80% piracy rate. The dirty little truth as to why PC gaming is being killed from within.

thegamegod
thegamegod

@ChiefFreeman i seem to remember them saying that the xbox 360 and ps3 would be both receiving stalker 2,so like you,i hope to god they get funding,cos id love to have a go too.

R3FURBISHED
R3FURBISHED

They don't need donations people, they need their customers to actually BUY STALKER 2. You know, like you are supposed to!