When reports surfaced earlier this month that GSC Game World's recently released S.T.A.L.K.E.R. shares numerous assets with games such as Valve's Half-Life 2 and id Software's Doom 3, some pointed to the possibility that S.T.A.L.K.E.R.'s developers could have obtained the textures from a common source rather than directly from the other two games. According to observations by a reader of tech site The Inquirer as well as other internet detectives, that is indeed the case. The common source in question appears to be Marlin Studios, a company that offers pre-made texture packs in a variety of themes, intended for use in video games and movies.
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"Take your graphics to a new level!" promises Marlin Studios' site. "Select from our world-famous professional quality libraries of Premium 3D Models and Seamless Textures, or purchase a moneysaving pack deal."
According to today's report, several of the textures found to have been shared between the three games were indeed confirmed to be included in various Marlin Studios texture packs. Amongst its clients, Marlin Studios lists Doom 3 publisher Activision, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. publisher THQ, and Half-Life 2 developer Valve Software.