GSC Game World, developer of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise, has been shut down according to numerous reports. While the studio is officially offering "no comment," multiple sources are confirming the closure of the studio.
The Ukrainian team had been working on a follow-up to its FPS fan-favorite on a multi-platform engine, and was originally intended to ship in 2012. With the studio in shambles, the fate of the game is unclear--more likely than not, it is probably dead in its tracks.
"GSC is closed, a fact confirmed by all," 1c Ukraine’s Sergey Galenkin wrote in a (machine-translated) blog post. As publisher of the game in the region, 1c's report is likely to be the most accurate. "The team is almost completely dissolved," he added.
Galenkin blames the inability to license a console version of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 to publishers for the team's demise. Without the ability to self-publish on the consoles, a PC-only release with a limited global appeal would not have sold enough to be sustainable.
The official S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Twitter account has been a source of conflicting information. At first, it had denied the news altogether--only to have that tweet deleted. Afterwards, Rock, Paper, Shotgun discovered a tweet from the community manager looking for work--which has since also been deleted. As it stands, the official Twitter account asks fans to "Help shape the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series! Take part in our polls!" This update was made just hours ago.
Galenkin believes that the confusion is caused by the fact that the person responsible for managing the Twitter account wasn't forewarned about the studio's closure.
With GSC refusing to respond to inquiries, it appears the reports are true. Stay tuned for any further updates.