Rumor: Bethesda Now Owns S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Franchise Rights

Hopefully the future games will again be similar in tone to the 1979 film.

A Ukraine report has announced that apparently Bethesda Softworks the publisher of great games such as The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 3 have gained the publishing rights to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise. The new S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 game was canceled earlier this year when the developer GSC Game World when out of business.

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is Now Dead but Survarium is Born

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. meets I am Legend it seems.

It has been confirmed GSC Game World has been shut down and work on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. sequel has been stopped. Former members of GCS have formed a new studio, Vostok Games, and are working on a new game which seems to been similar in tone to their previous S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games.

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is Still in Development

Keep marching forward.

A tweet from GSC Game World “To answer the multitude of questions we’ve been getting, #Stalker2 is currently in development, yes. However there is no release date yet.” Confirms the game is still being worked on. The first game was a big struggle for them to get publisher support and this seems it might have a similar problem but at least they haven’t abandoned the franchise.

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GSC Game World Closure Details and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Artwork

Classic S.T.A.L.K.E.R pose.

As I’m sure some people have read already that the developer of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise GSC Game World has been shut down by owner Sergei Grigorovich.

1C Ukraine’s Sergey Galenkin has stated that “GSC is closed, a fact confirmed by all. The team is almost completely dissolved, the state has only a few people.” Galenkin blames the cost of developing a PC only shooter for a European audience, and a failed console publishing deal, for the collapse of the developer.

Read more to find out the rest and see the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 artwork.

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