S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 development continuing

Work on survival shooter S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 will continue at GSC Game World, the troubled developer has confirmed. Reports last year had suggested it would be shutting down, so huzzah!

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 developer GSC Game World hinted in December that there was "cause for hope," following reports that the troubled Ukranian studio was shutting down. "Official news" was expected in January, and now it's confirmed: work on the survival shooter sequel will continue.

"The Stalker team is extremely happy! Why? Because we are continuing work on Stalker 2 after the holidays," reads a message posted yesterday by the official Facebook account.

Of course, exactly what has happened, and under what conditions work continues are unknown for now. One of the reported reasons behind GSC's potential closure was a failure to secure a console publisher for the game, supposedly too costly to develop only for PC. We should hear the full story in time, but for now: huzzah!

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    January 12, 2012 6:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 development continuing.

    Work on survival shooter S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 will continue at GSC Game World, the troubled developer has confirmed. Reports last year had suggested it would be shutting down, so huzzah!

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      January 12, 2012 6:10 AM

      They probably secured funding in some way from a Russian bank or outside investor. Who knows how that is done in the former USSR, but I am glad to hear that they will still make this game.

      I just hope it isn't some watered down console version. That would make me sad.

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        January 12, 2012 6:30 AM

        Yeah a former USSR country must do this stuff very differently! And the country which launched the first atomic bomb also does things differently... oh wait.

        Agreed with your last point though.

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          January 12, 2012 7:05 AM

          Huh? What is your point, exactly? Did you read the previous news articles that the Russian police got involved and started searching through files, etc.?

          We have our problems in the US but you don't hear about that too often.

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            January 12, 2012 9:56 AM

            How do you know the searching trough files wasn't warranted? The US even has big influences on copyright laws in other countries (Sweden is one) so the fact that "a former USSR" country searches trough files shouldn't strike you as something odd.

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          January 12, 2012 5:39 PM

          totally equivalent

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        January 12, 2012 6:39 AM

        Drug money. No doubt.

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      January 12, 2012 6:13 AM

      !!!

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      January 12, 2012 6:48 AM

      That's disappointing to hear

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        January 12, 2012 7:02 AM

        hmm?

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        January 12, 2012 8:51 AM

        The record clearly shows that I'm not a fan of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. I've tried to be. I've bought the game twice (retail on launch and $5 on Steam) and installed it around 5 times. I just can't get into it. I don't like it.

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          January 12, 2012 8:53 AM

          Too hard? Did you get far into it to get a scoped rifle? Also did you try the Complete mod? Giving it a darker/longer night cycle is an instant improvement in the first game. Also it makes stealth and headshots a lot more effective.

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            January 12, 2012 8:56 AM

            I've never tried a mod and I didn't get too far into it. It's been years since I've played it but I remember a train yard and invisible enemies. I had a shotgun at that point. I really don't remember anything else.

            Maybe I should give it another shot :\

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              January 12, 2012 9:00 AM

              It's VERY hard at the start. You assault this group of bandits with a shitty pistol at the start, then later have to go through a blockade under the train tracks. You can avoid this blockade, there's a tunnel full of anomalies you can go through.

              The Complete mod is one package, just run the exe to install:
              http://www.moddb.com/mods/stalker-complete-2009

              Its main goal was higher res textures but it changes everything. Enabling stealth and headshots makes your early encounter a bit easier as you can sneak up and headshot the dudes with the shitty pistol you get. The game gets much easier with a scoped rifle if you're good at twitch shooters.

              There are invisible enemies but they're pretty rare.

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                January 12, 2012 9:17 AM

                I still think he was running into anomalies because there are no random bloodsuckers until after Agropom (which he never reached, near as I could tell). And even then, they 'uncloak' just before attacking.

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                  January 12, 2012 9:20 AM

                  There was one in Cordon but it got patched out and then put back in, possibly by the Complete mod. Surprises you when you don't expect it!

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                    January 12, 2012 9:21 AM

                    Yeah, just remembered that one. :)

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                    January 12, 2012 9:24 AM

                    ugh. the Cordon was my first encounter with one. I screamed like a very small child would when seeing Alien.

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                      January 12, 2012 9:28 AM

                      Haha I remember going into the bloodsucker village in Army Warehouses during a night thunderstorm, damn scary.

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                        January 12, 2012 9:43 AM

                        I didn't even do that one until it was pretty much all I had left to do in the Warehouses. By then I was a killing machine, so it wasn't as bad as I feared. :D

                        How about the first bloodsucker mission in Call of Pripyat? Holy fuck, I was down in that basement when a blowout happened- almost had to change my pants! The same thing happened later when I was going after the stash in the car down in that crack near the Claw anomaly - and I hate Snorks. :(

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                        January 12, 2012 9:52 AM

                        "during a thunderstorm" should be a STALKER legacy to pass on, has *any* game other than this series truly captured the night lighting like GSC did? I remember many, many areas of a game (my personal measure of a game's success) vividly just because of lighting and lightning.

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                          January 12, 2012 9:57 AM

                          I once spent the night hanging out in Bes' 'parking lot' in Garbage for the fuck of it - it was a truly harrowing experience. I've never been so glad to see dawn approaching!

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                            January 12, 2012 10:20 AM

                            It is hilarious how NPCs will chill out in the rain and thunder on their own all night without seeking a cover lol

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                  January 12, 2012 9:21 AM

                  Edit: There is just one in the old mill building just before the rail bridge, but there you have to go in after it.

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                    January 12, 2012 9:26 AM

                    Isn't there another one in the very NE corner of the map where there's a collapsed tunnel which connects to that other large zone (you can't access it from this side though)?

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                      January 12, 2012 9:31 AM

                      Oh yeah - that one surprised the fuck outta me once! But you rarely run into it unless you head way out past the stalkers' camp up there.

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                        January 12, 2012 9:33 AM

                        It hangs out near the (one way) return from Dark Valley iirc.

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                January 12, 2012 9:29 AM

                The best way to get started I found was to do a bunch of Sid's missions right off the bat (after doing Hunter's and Nimble's missions) and loot the shit out of all dead dudes, selling what you don't want to Sid to upgrade your shit as quick as you can before you try to cross the rail bridge - and make sure you get an MP5 from the bandits (after helping what's his name with the blind dogs) before you leave for the Garbage.

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                  January 12, 2012 9:33 AM

                  Good point.

                  I found the game pretty rough at first to be honest, but I went back a second time since then really enjoyed it.

                  Once you know how the mechanics work even the start of the game is pretty easy (especially if you find the hidden mercenary suit in the starting camp and gather some bandages before the farmhouse fight). Just got to be really careful going into that battle...

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                    January 12, 2012 9:37 AM

                    Yeah, it doesn't hold your hand at all. I did pretty much what you you did; started a game and was all WTF? :( and barely made it across the rail bridge - then I just said fuck it and started over. :D

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                      January 12, 2012 9:49 AM

                      I actually kind of miss those first few ventures into the zone. It really felt like a survival game then, you trying to work out what the hell is going on. You rapidly understand the game and pack 100 health packs and a tonne of amazing weapons and the game loses some of that feeling.

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                        January 12, 2012 9:54 AM

                        Well even if you beef up your arsenal in Cordon at the start you've still got shit for weapons, so there's that. :D

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                        January 12, 2012 9:58 AM

                        Yeah the game got easy even on Master difficulty. The final stages were difficult but the middle of the game was too easy.

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                January 12, 2012 10:55 AM

                I was thinking should I play Stalker? Then I looked up bloodsucker videos and I was like nope.avi

                This one made me jump when it revealed itself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlqxFKL0l58

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                  January 12, 2012 11:00 AM

                  haha there's plenty of other scary shit in the game which you'll love! Play it nao!

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                    January 12, 2012 11:21 AM

                    I'm too much of a pussy :( Even the invisible pinky in doom makes me nervous.

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                      January 12, 2012 11:28 AM

                      Once you play through one very scary game then I'll become easier. I think going through System Shock 2 and/or FEAR made it possible for me. I finally beat Amnesia a few weeks ago and thought I'd never be able to after first playing it for 5min.

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                      January 12, 2012 11:55 AM

                      I used to be the same way, but STALKER taught me to prepare properly before a mission. If you do that, even when (not if) you get surprised, you usually have the firepower to deal with it. And bloodsuckers are relatively rare in STALKER (in the first one, at least :D).

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                        January 12, 2012 11:56 AM

                        In Pripyat, that one mission where you poison their lair, holy crap they attacked you like mad when you turned on the valve. I used up all my ammo just fending them off.

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                          January 12, 2012 12:06 PM

                          yeah, that was some crazy shit :D

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                          January 12, 2012 12:16 PM

                          shit i had forgotten that one.

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                            January 12, 2012 9:03 PM

                            Yeah that mission was intense (especially since the guy you're with can die pretty easily).

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                  January 12, 2012 11:07 AM

                  Yup, that's STALKER. :D Also, that guy was doing it wrong! Shotty inna face is what you want for bloodsuckers.

                  Also also, I spent the first 2 minutes of that vid going "why aren't you looting those dudes?!"

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                  January 12, 2012 11:12 AM

                  Oh, by the way that's the Agroprom underground (like a dungeon in a fantasy rpg); the rest of the game above ground is much less claustrophobic.

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              January 12, 2012 9:14 AM

              I've gotten a bit into SoC with the C'09 mod. It has a special atmosphere which is improved by the mod, and some nice gameplay elements but it's just so rough. There's annoying quest bugs, and I really dislike respawning enemies and patrols. The quests should be fewer and more meaningful, and what you do in the world there should be persistent.

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                January 12, 2012 9:15 AM

                Yeah respawning enemies suck. That's why getting run-forever artifacts helps a lot since you can just run through the garbage.

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                January 12, 2012 9:01 PM

                You can pretty much 100% ignore the side quests. You will be swimming in money and ammo after you get to the bar.

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              January 12, 2012 10:20 AM

              Congrats making it 50 yards from where the game spawns you.

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          January 12, 2012 8:54 AM

          So you couldn't get into a game, and now you're disappointed that a bunch of people who made it didn't lose their jobs?

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            January 12, 2012 8:57 AM

            The world revolves around me. If I don't like it, they should give up and do something else.

            (My original post was a joke. Not liking the game, I understand that other people do.)

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              January 12, 2012 9:18 AM

              The don't fuck up threads with a one-liner where everyone is happy that a developer of a game they love is not staying alive. Just don't post.

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              January 12, 2012 1:37 PM

              So you admit to trolling then? Good job.

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                January 12, 2012 4:47 PM

                I admit to making a joke. Joke does not equal troll. Apparently it didn't translate to text very well. I guess you aren't suppose to poke fun at a game people tend to love. Get over it.

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                  January 12, 2012 7:26 PM

                  what usually distinguishes a joke from a troll is "funny". In the absence of that can you blame us for failing to see the difference?

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                    January 12, 2012 10:19 PM

                    They all can't be winners and I did get one lol on it before people over reacted. Meh. I'll try harder

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          January 12, 2012 9:00 AM

          Oh, I didn't realize the world revolves around you. So since you don't enjoy it, it would have been better for them to cease making a game that thousands of people want.

          Crawl back under your bridge.

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          January 12, 2012 9:18 AM

          Good thing the rest of us don't give a shit!

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        January 12, 2012 9:04 AM

        Where's that FGT tag when you want it.

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        January 12, 2012 9:56 AM

        I'm disappointed that you were able to make this post because you are not currently being punched in the face.

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        January 12, 2012 10:10 AM

        Shut your fucking mouth.

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        January 12, 2012 10:15 AM

        I know this is a bait troll, even then it sucks. Do me a favor and punch yourself, with a fuckin tire-iron.

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        January 12, 2012 10:32 AM

        sadugly

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      January 12, 2012 7:01 AM

      Приходьте сюди, Сталкер! :D

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      January 12, 2012 9:22 AM

      Really good news! The industry needs devs like GSC who do something a bit different.

      For anyone interested in playing the original, grab it on Steam and install the complete mod (http://www.moddb.com/mods/stalker-complete-2009). It fixes bugs and updates the graphics engine, don't worry about playing vanilla. Really worth playing.

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      January 12, 2012 9:22 AM

      I got faith! I got faith in you baby. Just don't pull a DNF on us.

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      January 12, 2012 9:28 AM

      Oh good! Then there is still hope for STALKER: Surfing Fukushima someday!

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      January 12, 2012 9:49 AM

      Awesssommmeeeee :D

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      January 12, 2012 9:59 AM

      The STALKER games have been one of my favorite FPS experiences, nothing else comes close in matching that atmosphere.

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      January 12, 2012 10:45 AM

      Console port stalker 2...Hope it doesn't look/run like garbage.

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        January 12, 2012 11:01 AM

        Press X to get stalker out of here.

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      January 12, 2012 11:38 AM

      This better not have been a publicity stunt. >:|

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      January 12, 2012 1:27 PM

      Nice stalker is one of the best fps games out even after all this time it beats the new fps games out.

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      January 12, 2012 2:01 PM

      Yay YAY!

      So happy my #1 upcoming is upcoming! :D

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      January 12, 2012 4:25 PM

      Get out of here stalker! I said come in, don't stand there.

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        January 12, 2012 5:11 PM

        Man I almost miss those sounds now I'm playing with the complete mod, despite how annoying they were originally lol

        Still alive? That's great!

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      January 12, 2012 5:34 PM

      This is how we all feel now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snEb1u-hRfU#t=01m38s

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      January 12, 2012 5:45 PM

      Awesome! This will be a day one purchase on the PC for me. Love the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series.

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      January 12, 2012 7:24 PM

      Hm, haven't even finished the first STALKER, but I'll buy this msrp if they release it, as much as to show support for their love of PC gaming as to have that to play when I eventually make time for the STALKER series.

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      January 12, 2012 9:12 PM

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      January 13, 2012 1:21 AM

      STALKER is so much better than Metro 2033, it's a living breathing world, with hilarious people and animals in it, I love it. Can't wait to see what improvements they will add for S2!

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      January 14, 2012 1:09 PM

      This has made my weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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