S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is Officially Dead - Team forms new Game Studio - Official News Posted by: FFxSTALKERx on 04-26-2012 @ 10:31
This News Item has been viewed 30687 times! Well, it's finally official. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is dead (or frozen). No further work will be completed on the game and the entire team has left to form their own company.
In response to a tweet by a fan asking of the game was finally dead, The official S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Twitter posted ""Officially" yes, but we will continue the spirit of the series in our new title Survarium".
With the fact that the team couldn't secure the IP rights to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Franchise and development couldn't continue, they had no choice but to let it go.
They've formed a new company called Vostok Games and they have plans to make a Free-2-Play FPS MMO game.
Quote:Impassable woods advance onto cities from every side, maddened animals and birds attack industrial complexes, military structures, warehouses and power plants. Towns are cut off from each other, there are no water supplies, no electricity, gas, communication is lost. Countries collapse, anarchy spreads throughout the world. Now force dictates who to survive. In the meantime, new species of greenery and animals purposely destroy human civilization. Strange plants and mushrooms grow through concrete and steel. Scientists all over the world haplessly try to cope with the anomaly sprawling across the Earth with terrifying speed.
"The concept of Survarium is a next evolution step for the idea of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. we’ve been working on for the last ten years. – said Project Lead Ruslan Didenko. – Survarium will go way further forcing mankind to fight for survival not only within the closed area of Chernobyl zone, but also far beyond."
"Technology versus nature, rational versus mystical. Such a confrontation enables us to take a new look at the current happenings in our world, - said Aleksey Sytianov, Lead Game Designer of the project. – Survarium will offer players an atmospheric world of civilization crash, filled with factions and loners, stalkers and hunters surviving in a wild anomalous environment."
They have also released a Developer Diary with information about the final days of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and GSC and their plans for their new company and game.
It's been a fun ride my fellow S.T.A.L.K.E.R.'s and I look forward to still seeing you all in The Zone.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Lost Alpha is almost done. - Mod News Posted by: FFxSTALKERx on 01-20-2012 @ 12:13
This News Item has been viewed 40764 times! S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Lost Alpha aims to bring back the game envisioned in the early days of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Development. Many of the cut locations, mutants, NPCs, etc... are being added back into the game.
In a blog by 1C Ukraine's Sergey Galenkin he details some of what appears to have happened.
Quote:GSC is no more. Almost everyone is let go, only few people left and still employed. STALKER 2 project is closed.
My friends at GSC believe that the reason for that is failed console publishing deal. GSC couldn’t sign any publisher for STALKER 2 on consoles, and GSC wasn’t strong enough to do it all by itself. STALKER 2 was going to become PC exlcusive, which isn’t a great future for story-driven game.
Some say that Grigorovich demanded a lot from publishers and his terms were unacceptable, some say that publishers didn’t like setting – Eastern European postapocalypse is not that popular outside Europe. I don’t know which is true, but guess it is a bit of both.
Also, some people at GSC say that Grigorovich wasn’t happy with quality of STALKER 2, but others say it was going to be a great game and huge improvement over first one. One guy said that Grigorovich was tired of game development and no longer interested in STALKER at all, but I don’t believe it, knowing Sergey for last ten years. He might be tired, yes, but he loved STALKER.
I want to make sure it's clear that as of right now, all of this is unofficial and taken by someone who isn't a GSC Employee but it seems to be the best info we have right now.
For the Full version of the blog post (It's translated into English at the bottom of the page) go here.
On Monday we should get some Official Word from GSC on what is going on and the future of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 and the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Series.
I for one don't see it dying here. There are books, clothing, movies and TV Shows that were being made in addition to the games themselves. Hopefully someone is able to pick up the IP and do it proper justice.
GSC Closed it's doors today?? The Rumor Mill Runs Wild. - Rumor Mill Posted by: FFxSTALKERx on 12-09-2011 @ 10:23
This News Item has been viewed 40205 times! In what might be the worst Christmas Present ever given, GSC might be closed for good.
Earlier today a Ukrainian News Site (UkraNews) posted that GSC Game World has shut down by owner Sergei Grigorovich. This was apparently told to the staff earlier today. At the time of posting, only Google Translations of the article were available for the English Speaking world but several sites (Rock Paper Shotgun and PC Gamer) had posted about it.
Shortly thereafter GSCStalker's Official Twitter posted a denial saying GSC wasn't closing but that has since been removed
In the most recent development (via RPS) a non-GSC employee, Dmitri Bourkovski tweeted, "Not PR. GSC closed.". Mr. Bourkovski is apparently a personal friend or acquaintance of GSC's CEO, Sergei Grigorovich.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun has reached out to GSC for Official comment and got a "Sorry, no comments at this point." reply.
Things arn't looking so good in The Zone right now.
We'll keep you updated with the latest news as we learn it.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 DRM Not Yet Decided. - Official News Posted by: FFxSTALKERx on 10-10-2011 @ 20:11
This News Item has been viewed 45995 times! In response to the recent reports that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 will require a constant Internet Connection (and the backlash from the community) GSC has stated that the DRM options for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 are not yet decided and the constant Internet Connection is just one of the options on the table.
Quote:The idea of implementing DRM came in as a possible anti-piracy solution. You know the severe level of commercial piracy we have here in ex-USSR region. This said however, there is no firm decision to go for DRM with S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 as of now. Be assured, we do realize how uncomfortable this solution is for the players, so we’ll continue looking for most effective, yet acceptable for all, way of protecting the game by the time of its release.
More S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Details Emerge! - Official News Posted by: FFxSTALKERx on 10-08-2011 @ 19:19
This News Item has been viewed 46965 times! Some new details have emerged (thanks to NeoGaf Forum Member subversus for listing them in English) from the recent interview GSC gave.
Quote:-they do not use military experts but visit military forums often to gather info about weapons. The game doesn't aim for complete realism.
-TV series are postponed, a full-feature movie will be released first.
-they don't outsorce much but some stuff is outsorced like animation for example. They do object physics in-house but have Havok licensed.
-There will be Strelok
-There is high chance that X360 version will be released but PS3 version is unlikely even though they have it running. It will depend on what state it will be in at the moment of release.
-It was mostly their decision to cut content from SOC even though they are flattered by their fans blaming the publisher. But it wasn't the case, these areas just weren't up to snuff.
-no Hollywod stuff, the focus is on authenticity (read atmosphere won't change much)
-they are not that excited about special effects like motion blur. He said that stuff like that + narrow FOV could affect a cerebellum negatively so they will decide what effects will stay at the polishing phase. It's all about realism again.
-they haven't decided yet if they ship with multiplayer or not but they want to make it special if they do.
-the team is about 60 people
-the game will look different but still realistic as it is their main focus. They want to build a good post-soviet atmosphere
-they don't talk with Metro 2033 team (still seems bitter about their departure)
-they will start releasing media in 6 months before the release.
-they were building the engine for a year because "it would take a year to learn a licensed engine" so they decided to build their own engine to render post-soviet stuff in a proper fashion
-the engine won't be licensed, it will be free. There are bigger companies that license their engine so they see no use in competing with them.
-it's their bestselling game obviously and they have 65 books released. They are planning to send these numbers t Guiness as a longest fiction series for a videogame or something like that.
-system requirements won't be low as they focus on graphics.
-the game is out in 2012
You can read the interview here (if you understand Russian) or check out what NeoGaf thinks of all of this here.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Will Require a Permanent Internet Connection? - Official News Posted by: FFxSTALKERx on 10-07-2011 @ 20:04
This News Item has been viewed 45847 times! It looks like S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 may require a permanent connection to the Internet when it releases some time in 2012.
In a recent interview (which you an read/listen to if you know Russian) Sergey Grigorovich said that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 will require a permanent connection to the Internet.
Quote:“Protection from piracy? Part of the content will be located on the server and downloaded as the game progresses. Permanent internet access is required. Text information, code and quests will be loaded through that connection. Software piracy is an issue for us, we try to fight it, but within reason.
If people can not afford a licensed version, it is to our advantage if they download a pirated copy, and then want to buy a license. In Ukraine, there are different products that people love so much that they buy a license in principle. We want to create just such a product.”
This is understandable, especially considering that Eastern Europe has some of the highest piracy rates in the World it isn't something that we at S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Files really want to see become mainstream in PC Gaming. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is a long ways from release and this may change by the time we get our hands on it.
The question is, will you still buy it if you need to be connected to the Internet at all times?
Weekly Poll Results - Did you enjoy E3? - Poll Results Posted by: FFxSTALKERx on 06-29-2011 @ 10:09
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Did you enjoy E3?
Start: 06-21-2011 19:18
Last: 06-29-2011 09:19
#1 - Posted by: strelok0017 (Member) on 06-29-2011 at 08:11
It was pretty good but I have to answer ''Didn't care''. First of all, what's up with delaying every good game (Tomb Raider, Hitman and perhaps Far Cry 3)? Second of all,.... seriously. Delaying games? Blasphemy! Oh, right. Now I remember. What's up with lack of stalker 2 presentation? I had this feeling about couple of games till now and they all turned out to be average not worthy of playing. Stalker 2 better not be one of those. O_O
K, thats all from me.
#2 - Posted by: strelok0017 (Member) on 06-29-2011 at 08:12
#2 - NO! - Posted by: Fluffy22 (Member) on 05-18-2011 at 19:21
Some of us, due to crap graphic cards, and not enough money to replace them/buy a new computer, actually enjoy Stalker in dx8/dx9 mode.
Also, nothing gives Stalker that dark gritty atmosphere like dx8 lighting.
Besides, no other engine other than Xray could handle the Stalker ALifes systems, and I trust GSC to come up with a new engine worthy of Stalker.
Bout the only poll I've ever voted on here, since it actually is worth my time to click on the vote button.