S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 studio facing uncertain future

Sequel's fate in doubt as GSC Gameworld responds to reports of shuttering, saying, "We will do our best to continue."

The future looks a little bleak for GSC Gameworld, the Ukrainian developer behind the PC postapocalyptic action series S.T.A.L.K.E.R. On Friday, the Russian-language site UkraNews ran a news story reporting that GSC founder and CEO Sergei Grigorovich had decided to close the studio for personal reasons.

After developing S.T.A.L.K.E.R., GSC is well acquainted with bleakness.

That report was later denied on the official S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Twitter page, but the denial post itself was later taken down. Today, the official account has finally been updated again with an official statement, saying simply, "We will do our best to continue. However, at this moment, nothing is certain."

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 Gameworld 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 last year with a 2012 release window attached.

For more, check out GameSpot's review of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl.

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152 comments
Xeroxer
Xeroxer

I'm sure GSC got extra "funding" from EA to cancel Stalker 2... who wants good competition...

Earth_Krish
Earth_Krish

Take your time, take a break, what have you. Don't let some publisher tell you what to do for their hopes of making a quick buck, which will in the end result in disaster for the franchise.

StebbiChill
StebbiChill

My most played series of shooters... Second only to GTA. Truly legendary. I don't think i'd ever grow bored of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. It sure would be a killing bummer to see this cancelled.

Bonesetter
Bonesetter

Many people talk about that damn Battlefield and Call of Duty (I like both :) ) But no game ran over S.T.A.L.K.E.R. STALKER is the best game ever man...It really does have the best atmosphere and lots of good characters like Strelok or Scar :D Anyway I wish GSC good luck and I want to say only 1 more thing : GET THAT GAME DONE ALLREADY!!!!I WANNA PLAY IT MAAN!!!!! :D

archiasif
archiasif

You can't really do this to your selves!!! We are eagerly waiting for this.

trozan_911
trozan_911

i normally don't play games that have poor or no story line..but here i seem to have fallen in love with STALKER just because it has an outstanding gameplay and mind blowing atmosphere..it would be really stupidity for GSC to shut down..when i came to know about it i really felt like to cry..

farzad_marv
farzad_marv

I'm Waiting for their real statement "it was piracy that killed us".

TheWriter30
TheWriter30

I agree with most comments here. I bought all 3s, and Stalker is the best shooter EVER!! No game EVER has toped up the atomsphere provided. You "feel" the environment sorrounding you when playing STALKER without the need of 3D or any futuristic gaming device... I do hope you guys can make it

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

1. Hopefully if they sell the STALKER IP, it will be to a developer who will continue to eschew consoles and focus on single-player action/storyline/atmosphere. 2. If it's to truly die, please make some sort of mod tool that anyone can use (without requiring the purchase of a US$3000.00 design tool). That way, WE can make STALKER live on - without you. I'd gladly write code that makes anomalies disappear / reappear / move around, and other mods. Make it more like "Roadside Picnic" in some ways. 3. Next time, focus all your efforts on STALKER. Do NOT try to make a new non-STALKER game while trying to make a huge technological advance with STALKER at the same time. That costs a lot of money. Make sure STALKER gets funded, because it keeps your company alive. I bought every STALKER game. I didn't buy the other one - I like STALKER, not the other game. Don't try to sell me something I don't want and then take away the game I DO want. That's the height of stupidity. 4. Get some cash, re-open the STALKER studio, and get that game done already. I'm waiting. :)

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

I concur. STALKER is the best FPS I've ever played (mind you, I don't do multiplayer). If you need money, I'll pre-order STALKER 2 right now. You've got a huge number of ways to expand the storyline, and with the idea of the noosphere, you can set the story anywhere in the world (not just Chernobyl). The game has the best detail and atmosphere you can imagine. To lose this game now would be the height of stupidity. For crying out loud, this game put GSC World on the map!!! Tell me you're going to fix this. It would be a crime not to continue this series.

dbwillo
dbwillo

Stalker was the 1st video game I ever played, and nothing has topped it. I will give kudos to BioShock , HalfLife2, and the first Crysis games, but the Stalker series is the best. Over the last couple of years I have enjoyed hundreds of hours playing those games. But, over the last year I have had to settle for crappy games while waiting for Stalker2. And now you tell me Stalker2 may not happen! This is a sad, sad day for me. Hell, if you need money, sell the game in advance. I doubt that I am the only person willing to pay now for another Stalker in 6 months.

it009x9281
it009x9281

I hope nothing happens to the game company but if it did i would hate it if EA got their hands on the stalker IP.

fang_proxy
fang_proxy

these games,companies will die and will never make games like bio shock,stalker which has something called originality,realism but it's only because 90% of the ppl wants typical retarded games,which has nothing to offer except graphics and bad ass retard hero whose gonna save the world

builtman
builtman

You have to make STALKER 2!!!! I still play the others and whit the mods will play them for along time to come...

REAPER-MAX
REAPER-MAX

I LOVE U STALKER........... DON'T LEAVE ME IN THIS PATHETIC WORLD OF CRAPY GAMES

NightmareP3
NightmareP3

It's sad then talented game companies like GSC bite the dust while comapnies like Infinity Ward never seem to die out.

spOOoOOn
spOOoOOn

Come on.. I've bought everything you made. Give me more.

VanPhoenix
VanPhoenix

This game series is the awesome if you play the English version. But if you played it in real Russian version you will never feel right playing Fallout 3 anymore. Lets hope it doesn`t end like this. Hope dies the last.

matconnor
matconnor

I can't add much to what's already been posted here. STALKER is one of my favorite game series of all time. The brooding, and at times beautiful, ATMOSPHERE...is what stood it apart from the rest of a crowded and often mediocre field. Not to mention the free-roaming and immersive play of the game. I can only hope the Ukranians reconsider and give us STALKER 2.

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

It's rich that Gamespot is reporting on this. It was Gamespot that gave the first STALKER 85% sighting bugs, gave 85% to STALKER CS sighting less bugs, and then gave the SAME 85% to STALKER CoP while stating there were no bugs! It must have been infuriating for GSC to not get improvement recognised! Also, go watch the Gamespot review of the first STALKER. The reviewer states within 30 seconds of each other "the graphics are sub standard" followed by "you can just stop and admire the sunsets"! So which one was it Gamespot?! If the media is going to crap all over the small/medium sized developers like GSC at the same time they fawn all over the large developers like Valve and Blizzard, should we be surprised about articles like this?

pupster
pupster

This would be a crying shame, to not continue with a series that is still as popular today as it was on day one. Some invester out there has to see the positive future of this series.

botsio
botsio

i think this game looks promising.i am pleading with activison to help the developer involved not to let this game die.it could be a banger.

pcostix
pcostix

I am always amazed how some people complain, how a game isn not good because it is unpolished and not high end graphics. Who cares about graphics??? This is an open post nuclear war world with an awesome atmosphere , the npc personality and expressions are very good and the shooting is also good. Please don't bash games because they aren't the usual and like all the rest that the "broad audience" love so much.

prince__vlad
prince__vlad

What??? No STALKER 2 ? WTF ? Grigorovich !!! You Ucranian shmuck & bolshevic! You made millions of euros with the three STALKER released and now you thought to go away with our money ? FU ! Stay and finish the job as promised otherwise your relatives will be visited by russian mob and guned down, you worthless POS!! lol

bandarman
bandarman

well said bubsy6087 ... well said!

benbrooky13
benbrooky13

STALKER is one of my favorite game series of all time. I was legitimately angry and depressed when I heard the news of GSC. Let's just hope if STALKER 2 can still come out, it isn't consolized. I would rather see the series die, than to have it made "streamlined" and an "all new experience."

npkgardens
npkgardens

Personally, I would be much happier to give $50-60 to GSC for an innovative, graphically intense, PC-centric FPS than I would be to give it to the other jokers that dump pathetic console ports on me.

bubsy6087
bubsy6087

Hey, Infinity Ward, think you could toss over 1 or 2 mil for the smaller, more imaginative, more awesome GSC to keep going? No? Oh. Then keep enjoying your money bath..

ferna1234
ferna1234

suckish fps's like MW3 get millions. Great games like stalker sink and dissapear. lol

NorthWolfe
NorthWolfe

Hope this is just a publicity stunt. STALKER is one of the best games ever...it must continue!!!

tisabeling
tisabeling

chernobyl cant kill marked one...but this corrupt game industry can.

Voredor
Voredor

the issue with stalker games is it takes 3 years to kill a single monster :(

tonet666
tonet666

@CarlosY2Jericho I wasn't saying to transform Stalker into Metro but to use the Metro game engine. As for metro I would love quite the oposite, that Metro to transform into Stalker gameplay style. IMO. And for the sake of this game (STALKER) is best for all that this should be bought from 4A instead from some other stupid devs.(sorry 4 bad EN)

Grampy_Bone
Grampy_Bone

I enjoyed the STALKER games but none of them are really what you could call "good." I mean they are very unpolished and rough around the edges. Lots of good ideas and I hope these guys find new projects in the future, but I can't say this surprises me.

algy24
algy24

I will give you my money for stalker 2 now if it means you continue to make these game, they are among the best. the whole Chernobyl area was so much fun to explore even with mutants swarming everywhere. Please stay alive stalker.

mk4pi
mk4pi

Studios with great game have to close and studios that cant make game is filling up the market. What the **** wrong with game industry nowadays ?

swmeek
swmeek

Don't give up the ghost yet , there's too many fans of this game out there !

Psycold
Psycold

The worst part about this is seeing an article right next to it talking about how many copies of MW3 have sold when not one COD game has even come CLOSE to being even a fraction as good as any of the Stalker games.

kingdmx22
kingdmx22

You can do it,we support you ! One of the best atmospheric games out there!

sidh9u5
sidh9u5

STALKER is one of my favorite games ever. Hope they dont have to close up.............

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Its never good to hear a studio is closing, most notable are the ones that tried to mix gaming up a little. Heres hoping they can pull it together.

Henrique2324
Henrique2324

Oh this is bad. The STALKER games and Metro 2033 (which has some employees from STALKER) were a real blast.

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

S.T.A.L.K.E.R is one of the best and uniqe game sires ever its a real shame and a huge loss to see such a creative game goes dead i have all stalker games and replayed each at lest 7 times and i still wait for some great mods to come out to pick them up again reading those bad news really depressed me if GSC realy closes we will never see a game like stalker ever again

cyberdreamer
cyberdreamer

Lets hope it doesnt end up like Duke Nukem Forever

scarred_fox
scarred_fox

"get outta here stalker !!!" c'mon this game is my most anticipated for next year...along with a list of other games ofcourse

CPLDAN_aus
CPLDAN_aus

hope they recover, iv sunk over 200 hours into the S.T.A.L.K.E.R games, and they remain my favourite FPS series to date.

ExplosiveChorro
ExplosiveChorro

CoP was definitely my favorite. Please make STALKER 2, would make me sooo happy.

klitfelt
klitfelt

Nooooo.... played all 3 STALKER games and I looove them. Even made a review on CoP. I really hope they somehow get an investor or raise money to continue. I have looked forward to S2 for so long.

ryzrocks
ryzrocks

It's not fair for us gamers to lose a game that has so much potential...I wonder why (stupid)people still buy games like MW3 and waste their money when they can invest in something that deserves a lot better..what a shame :(