STALKER dev: 'there is cause for hope'

"There is cause for hope," S.T.A.L.K.E.R.'s troubled developer GSC Game World teased today, helping salve fears that the studio was shutting down and its radioactive survival shooter series would be gone for good. It's a Festivus miracle!

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"There is cause for hope," S.T.A.L.K.E.R.'s troubled developer GSC Game World teased today, helping salve fears that the studio was shutting down and its rad radioactive survival shooter series would be gone for good. It's a Festivus miracle!

"Dear Stalkers: We will not be releasing any official news until around mid January. However there is cause for hope! Good hunting!" GSC cryptically posted on Twitter.

Exactly what's happening at GSC remains unknown. Unconfirmed reports early this month said that GSC Game World had shut down after it failed to find a publisher for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 on consoles, and it wouldn't be profitable as a PC exclusive.

Then, GSC vowed "We will do our best to continue," and would at least keep its tech support, forums and store going. Further reports said that Sergei Grigorovich had been dissatisfied with progress on the sequel and so closed GSC, and even that "Ukranian law enforcement was interested in taking control of the company."

Of course, we don't yet know what January's good news is. Fingers crossed that GSC has been saved and will continue work on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2.

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    December 23, 2011 7:45 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, STALKER dev: 'there is cause for hope'.

    "There is cause for hope," S.T.A.L.K.E.R.'s troubled developer GSC Game World teased today, helping salve fears that the studio was shutting down and its radioactive survival shooter series would be gone for good. It's a Festivus miracle!

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      December 23, 2011 7:49 AM

      Come back here, STALKER :*(

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      December 23, 2011 8:08 AM

      "Ukranian law enforcement was interested in taking control of the company."

      What the Hell?

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        December 23, 2011 8:42 AM

        Yeah, thats kind of weird. Half of me wants to say its a PR stunt for Stalker 2, half of me wants to say the Ukraine is a an odd country.

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        December 23, 2011 8:42 AM

        Apparently this is a form of extortion they use on private companies that they think have money- I'd never heard of it before either.

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        December 23, 2011 8:43 AM

        Only thing I could think of is they want the tech for doing training sim stuff.

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        December 23, 2011 8:51 AM

        If true, I would move the company the fuck out of the Ukraine. Maybe Canada? I hear they have good developer incentives nowadays.

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          December 23, 2011 10:41 AM

          you can't just move an entire company to another country, especially from somewhere like the Ukraine. There's no way even a cool country like Canada would just let them in and start working :(

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            December 23, 2011 10:44 AM

            well duh, but you can start an office overseas, and slowly but surely import them all on work visa's.

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        December 23, 2011 10:26 AM

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      December 23, 2011 8:40 AM

      if this turns out to be a GOG.com shutting-down style prank, expect a lot of people to be pissed off GSC... for a while anyway.

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      December 23, 2011 8:43 AM

      I retained hope even when you were delayed month after month, year after year, STALKER, i'll still buy you when you come around that corner again. :(

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      December 23, 2011 8:45 AM

      I hope this works out. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is one of the games I was looking forward to most next year.

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      December 23, 2011 8:49 AM

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        December 23, 2011 11:37 AM

        hahaha need higher res version!

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      December 23, 2011 8:50 AM

      I'd like to think that the fact that I went on a shopping spree in their online shop has saved them :3

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      December 23, 2011 9:54 AM

      I want STALKER - Fukushima

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      December 23, 2011 10:10 AM

      Stalker 2 is one of the few games I'm really looking forward to. I really hope this works out for them and they can keep developing and eventually release the game.

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      December 23, 2011 10:25 AM

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        December 23, 2011 11:10 AM

        Completely, which is also why I hope the IP stays in eastern Europe.

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      December 23, 2011 10:44 AM

      I want stalker with Skyrim production values.

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        December 23, 2011 10:46 AM

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          December 23, 2011 10:51 AM

          I see where this is going and you are objectively wrong.

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        December 23, 2011 12:53 PM

        Just insert random bugs into STALKER and you have it.

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          December 23, 2011 2:59 PM

          Funny you say that because when I bought STALKER, I stopped playing in frustration after about one hour. But when some modder released STALKER Complete 2009, it turned into one of my favorite games.

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          December 24, 2011 6:34 PM

          NPC responses to player actions most be innapropriate or completely wrong atleast 40% of the time.

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      December 23, 2011 10:46 AM

      I hope and pray for STALKER.

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      December 23, 2011 10:59 AM

      Get out of here Gearbox!

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        December 23, 2011 11:11 AM

        Hahaha I fear this

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          December 23, 2011 11:28 AM

          There's no way a US developer could do it justice. They'd inevitably want to westernize it, taking half the fun right out of it.

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            December 23, 2011 11:33 AM

            Agreed, which is why I disagree with posters above suggesting they should move the team to the west - whatever the solution, the team needs to stay in eastern Europe, surrounded by the buildings and history they recreate and reimagine.

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            December 23, 2011 11:37 AM

            Bethesda, maybe

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              December 23, 2011 11:40 AM

              I don't know Dave-A, they're not known for making shooters and at heart the Stalker games are shooters.

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                December 23, 2011 11:45 AM

                All they need do is publish it though. Maybe give a bit of dev support, but I bet most of the guys from the original team would still work on it if they could get a solid publishing deal.

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                  December 23, 2011 1:20 PM

                  I'd be fine with the studio being picked up by Zenimax and kept as intact as possible. It would at least give them another studio that is actually capable of making a quality product.

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                    December 23, 2011 3:05 PM

                    I could live with this, or maybe Ubisoft. Not Activision or EA though. /shudder

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              December 23, 2011 12:22 PM

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              December 23, 2011 12:31 PM

              I love Bethesda but fuck no

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      December 23, 2011 11:46 AM

      pics of alice required to confirm cause for stalker hope

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      December 24, 2011 7:15 AM

      what dummy publisher wouldn't want to have this game on their list?

      Further, buying the rights would give them the ability to make a Stalker MMOFPS.

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        December 24, 2011 6:30 PM

        The same publishers that didn't want Alliance: The Secret War back in 2007.

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        December 25, 2011 7:01 PM

        Nah I wouldn't like STALKER to become an MMO.

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