S.T.A.L.K.E.R. gets new license-holder

BitComposer Entertainment picks up exclusive rights for future games, killing speculation that Bethesda would take series over.

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The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series has a new license-holder, and it is not Bethesda, as was rumored. BitComposer Entertainment announced today that it had acquired the exclusive worldwide rights for future game adaptations of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. brand created by brothers Boris and Arkady Strugatsky. Boris passed away on November 19 this year, the announcement said.

BitComposer Entertainment is no stranger to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, as the Eschborn-based company served as publisher on 2010 open-world shooter S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat in Europe and the United States.

The fate of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series has been enshrouded in mystery of late. Earlier this year, rumor had it that Fallout and Elder Scrolls publisher Bethesda was to take over the series. Before that, developer GSC Game World was shut down, with S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 being canceled outright, despite efforts to keep the project alive.

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. GSC Game World released two follow-ups to the original game: Clear Sky and Call of Pripyat.

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Xeroxer
Xeroxer

extra chunky peanut butter makes Eddie Makuch write extra chunky shit!

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

Man I wish the guys from THQ would get this to make it like a Metro 2033 version with free roam, that would be so awesome :D

eoin
eoin

Bit Composer worked on Call of Pripyat, an excellent very stable game. Whats with all these deliquent morons talking about Jagged Alliance? Completely different games so its not a sure thing anything they touch turns to shit unlike 95% of the comments here which are shit the minute "post comment" is clicked?

sangdolee
sangdolee

that would be great ^^ sweet ~ too keep the project alive amazing simplly amazing i love bethesda 

sorintitus
sorintitus

Let's hope for the best. Who knows, maybe this developer will hit the jackpot by creating the best S.T.A.L.K.E.R. yet...

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

Why out of all the potentially good development studios out there did it have to be sold to BitComposer ?

They recently ruined Jagged Alliance, not they'll ruin Stalker too.

 

Should've just let it die in peace and retain the dignity, but I guess as ever so often it's all just about the money.

I don't feel bad for the previous license holder, but with this news announcement all future Stalker releases are by default on my "watch out" list before they'll most likely end up on my "don't buy" list.

MightyEzekiel
MightyEzekiel

Still own all 3 geams for pc, sealed ofcourse :)

my fav game ever!

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

Unless the game is practically finished already, I really don't see any way in hell they're going to release it with the same appeal of the first 3 games.

AceBalls
AceBalls

One of the reasons I love dayZ so much is the fact that I love the Stalker series to death.

MindlessTeef
MindlessTeef

The three Stalker games are awesome, classics! Best FPS games of the last 10 years.

 

Mark my words, bitComposer will find a way to mess it up! Want proof? Play Jagged Alliance Back in Action...

GamerOuTLaWz
GamerOuTLaWz

should I play shadows of chernobyl only or Call of pripyat is also worth it? I want to buy it now off Steam but I wonder if I get the bundle or not

jack00
jack00

I knew i had a good reason to not take out stalker 2 from my tracked list.

Toxic-Seahorse
Toxic-Seahorse

Hopefully once the original STALKER devs are done with their current game we can get another STALKER game published by BitComposer again.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

And lets make you look even more like a journalist who is barely qualified.

 

"Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, wrote the sci-fi book 'Roadside Picnic' published in 1972.

 

They are NOT the developers of the STALKER games."

 

1977 was the english publication btw.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

Well since this article is horribly inaccurate i can only guess it was written by Eddie...now lets see here...what do you know it was.

 

Eddie your such a dam joke.Allow me to clarify with another one of the comments here.

 

"Correction to the author: BitComposer bought the rights to Stalker, the 1979 film based on the 1977 book "Roadside Picnic" which inspired the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games. The rights to the well-known open-world FPS games remain in GSC hands, but BitComposer can now make titles based, pretty much, in the same world :/"

 

Now fix it you numnut.

 

dinosaur-123
dinosaur-123

Don't dumb down , in fact make it HARDER and HARSHER , a more realistc experience would've been pretty good , just hope they keep the same way of handling the game world with extensive animal migration and trading routes and stuff , I also hope they keep the game non generic

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

More S.T.A.L.K.E.R. please.

 

Don't dumb it down and change it to fit the masses and console games. Don't change it. Just make more of it.

 

I don't want to see another great game go the way Crysis did.

Dradeeus
Dradeeus

STALKER is one of my favorite game series. The atmosphere and style are legendary, and I was very sad to hear it had gone bankrupt before we could see a new, updated STALKER game for current-gen computers. I love that it's continued, but hope they can still capture the series' unique feel.

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

Hopefully they will have something like the Star Citizen model so the game can expand and be funded.

HKILLER88888
HKILLER88888

lets just hope they don't butcher it and they fix its inventory problems...

jumalan75
jumalan75

Just give me a new Fallout game when the xbox 720 comes out and I'll be happy...

 

Maybe make it in Europe or something

serial_
serial_

Please correct this post with accurate information. Come on, Gamespot!

archiasif
archiasif

Absolutely great game, open world+FPS shooter+RPG style+creepy exciting environment+ night n day mode = outstanding =)

K7-Avenger
K7-Avenger

I've logged in just to write here because this article is stirring up a lot of misinformation and stupidity. 

 

Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, wrote the sci-fi book 'Roadside Picnic' published in 1972.

 

They are NOT the developers of the STALKER games. 

scarletsnake
scarletsnake

I want more STALKER games :(

I've been playing the first three for years now, there's nothing out there like them.

milannoir
milannoir

Rest in peace, Boris Strugatsky.. WIth your brother, you created one of the best games of the last decade.

serial_
serial_

Correction to the author: BitComposer bought the rights to Stalker, the 1979 film based on the 1950 book "Roadside Picnic" which inspired the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games. The rights to the well-known open-world FPS games remain in GSC hands, but BitComposer can now make titles based, pretty much, in the same world :/

 

GSC was unable to attain rights to Stalker, hence the title of the games being S.T.A.L.K.E.R., to avoid copyright problems.

snova9308
snova9308

 @GamerOuTLaWz

 i played all 3 stalker games, personally, call of pripyat was the best.

the vanila game on it self is okay, but if you put in the "misery" mod, it makes the game much more difficult and fun.

(also, get the visual enhancing mods, it looks kinda ugly without them)

MindlessTeef
MindlessTeef

 @Toxic-Seahorse Not going to happen, the original Dev's, GSC Gameworld, sadly... is no more. Stalker 2 was months away from completion. Stalker 2 will go to bC so they can bugger it up like they did JA. Most of GSC Gameworld (the ones that didn't go to 4A Games and made Metro 2033 some time ago) started a new company, Vostok Games. They are making a online FPS called Survarium.

 

http://vostokgames.com/en/projects

BuBsay
BuBsay

 @WolfGrey I was really confused considering they had nothing to do with the games, and STALKER is only very loosely based on Roadside Picnic other than the world it created. Not really sure why it attributes them as the creators of the game.

serial_
serial_

@scarletsnake

I've been playing Stalker Online. It has the absolute worse tutorial of any game I've ever played, but once you get past it, the game gets really good/interesting. That being said, it's a beta and it certainly feels very beta.

 

If you're interested, PM me for my username.

serial_
serial_

@milannoir

No, they wrote one of the best books of the last century, which inspired other people to make a movie, which in turn inspired ever different people to make an epic game series.

 

Roadside Picnic (Original Publication) - 1972

Roadside Picnic (in English) - 1977

Stalker (Film) - 1979

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl - (2007)

Iffy350
Iffy350

 @serial_ A great film if you can find it and watch it BTW. Makes me wish the marked one could have gotten telekinesis from one of those artifacts.

serial_
serial_

Excuse me, the book was published in 1977. Not sure why I typed 1950...

MindlessTeef
MindlessTeef

 @snova9308  @GamerOuTLaWz 

 

Shadow of Chernobyl remains my favorite, though Call of Pripyat was technically the best of the 3. SoC just had such impact! When it was released (at last!) I was following the game for nearly 6 years! And played all the leaked Alpha's:)

 

I still have all three Stalkers installed, only mod I use is the Complete Mod, you get a version for all three games...

 

http://www.moddb.com/mods/stalker-complete-2009

Toxic-Seahorse
Toxic-Seahorse

 @MindlessTeef That's what I was talking about. When Vostok is done with their game, maybe BitComposer can get them to make a new STALKER game. Vostok is a dev team containing most of the GSC team that made the STALKER games.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

 @BuBsayIt doesn't just Eddie making mistakes as per usual.

 

8/10 of his articles have wrong information or grammar mistakes or forgetting to use periods or wording things wrong and redundant , and so on.

 

The guy is terrible at his job.

MindlessTeef
MindlessTeef

 @pongley  @SimatheStalker It was just Clear Sky that had major bugs, SoC had a few minor ones, but CoP was one of the most stable games I ever played.

 

@SimatheStalker; Maybe it is time to back on the meds?

serial_
serial_

 @Iffy350 It was on Netflix streaming, but you can still get it on Netflix DVD.

 

Or just buy it on Amazon. It's worth 10 times the $2 you'd pay for it.

MindlessTeef
MindlessTeef

@GamerOuTLaWz @MindlessTeef @snova9308 The emissions were awesome, didn't limit exploration at all and was something that was suppose to have been in the first Stalker as well. SoC had one emission near the end. CoP was technically the best of the 3 although SoC still remains my personal favorite. Such a GREAT franchise... I will miss it.

GamerOuTLaWz
GamerOuTLaWz

 @MindlessTeef  @snova9308   Crap,I read CoP was annoying cause of some kind of repetitive explosion that forces you to run indoor and limits your exploration compared to SoC so I only bought SoC...anyway Ill get to enjoy what stalker is no matter hwat :P and yeah Ill make sure to pick up Complete 2009 mod  

MindlessTeef
MindlessTeef

 @Toxic-Seahorse I hope that you are right, bC got Coreplay to make the JA2 remake and they only messed it up. I hope bC picks a better dev to make the next Stalker or finish Stalker 2.