S.T.AL.K.E.R. license grabbed by bitComposer

After S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 was cancelled, former members of developer GSC Game World founded Vostok Games to continue the ideals of the open-world survival shooter series with Survarium. As for the actual S.T.A.L.K.E.R. brand, though, it wasn't quite clear what was happening. Rumours said Skyrimdeveloper Bethesda was sniffing around, but publisher bitComposer today announced that it has grabbed the license and plans to make more S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

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After S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 was cancelled, former members of developer GSC Game World founded Vostok Games to continue the ideals of the open-world survival shooter series with Survarium. As for the actual S.T.A.L.K.E.R. brand, though, it wasn't quite clear what was happening. Shady rumours said Skyrim developer Bethesda was sniffing around, but publisher bitComposer today announced that it has grabbed the games license and plans to make more S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

"S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is a reputable brand with a long history of success. To date, the series has sold many millions of units worldwide," bitComposer executive Wolfgang Duhr said in today's announcement. "Naturally, we'd like to tap into the success of this series, and we see a great deal of potential for the future."

bitComposer published the third and almost final S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game, Call of Pripyat (pictured above), in Europe. Who exactly it'll draft to develop the new games is a mystery for now. One might hope it'll find its way back to Vostok, who established its own new setting in Survarium after failing to secure the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game rights.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is based upon the sci-fi novel 'Roadside Picnic' by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, which was also the inspiration for the 1979 Russian movie Stalker.

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    December 12, 2012 5:45 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, S.T.AL.K.E.R. license grabbed by bitComposer.

    After S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 was cancelled, former members of developer GSC Game World founded Vostok Games to continue the ideals of the open-world survival shooter series with Survarium. As for the actual S.T.A.L.K.E.R. brand, though, it wasn't quite clear what was happening. Rumours said Skyrimdeveloper Bethesda was sniffing around, but publisher bitComposer today announced that it has grabbed the license and plans to make more S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

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      December 12, 2012 6:17 AM

      Get..."in" here STALKER?

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      December 12, 2012 7:22 AM

      Cool, nice to know the series will continue.

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      December 12, 2012 7:32 AM

      I wonder what angle they'll take with this one.

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      December 12, 2012 7:37 AM

      Hmmm.

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      December 12, 2012 7:40 AM

      I'm conflicted. On the one hand the games had the most atmospheric feeling I've had on any FPS, and some pretty nice, brutal combat to boot. On the other hand I've been to the zone a billion times already and it has become redundant. There's just so many different angles I can see Pripyat's ferris wheel from.

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      December 12, 2012 7:41 AM

      i am not sure what to say. i hope it turns out well. STALKER is probably my favorite modern franchise and I was pretty upset when it went tits up.

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        December 12, 2012 8:06 AM

        Same, but I don't really believe any dev other than GSC or Vostok will give the games the attention they deserve.

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        December 12, 2012 8:41 AM

        I'm hopeful as well, but who knows at this point. There's nothing else quite like STALKER.

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      December 12, 2012 7:43 AM

      Woooo!

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      December 12, 2012 8:29 AM

      It seems bitComposer bought the rights to make a game based on the Stalker movie (the 1974 film adaptation of the scifi book Roadside Picnic), they did NOT buy the rights to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. videogame series. Sergiy Grygorovich of GSC still owns the videogame IP. bitComposer bought the rights from Boris Strugatskiy, one of the brothers who penned the novel and the screenplay.

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        December 12, 2012 8:33 AM

        Whoa, interesting. I loved the movie, though it's heavy watching. Denitely need a lot of patience for it.

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          December 12, 2012 9:06 AM

          Absolutely fantastic movie. Still has the iconic S.T.A.L.K.E.R. atmosphere, but with cerebral, philosophical conversations to boot.

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        December 12, 2012 8:36 AM

        Wouldn't that rather mean that they bought the rights for both the book and the movie? The latter one being a (rather free) adaptation from the book...

        I mean, nothing would stop them from going back to the roots of the book.

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      December 12, 2012 8:45 AM

      EXTREMELY CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC RIGHT NOW

      oh god don't fuck it up please please don't fuck it up

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      December 12, 2012 9:08 AM

      according to their site they published Stalker CoP so they have some experience with the IP

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      December 12, 2012 9:21 AM

      A German online magazine just updated their article on this, saying that after some research, bitComposer apparently only bought the rights for "Stalker or "STALKER" not S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

      S.T.A.L.K.E.R. still seems to belong to GSC-founder Sergej Grigorowitsch.
      http://static1.fore.4pcdn.de/premium/Screenshots/86/f3/92430067-vollbild.png

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        December 12, 2012 9:23 AM

        Didn't see "segmentation fault"s post, who already mentioned this. Check that post somewhere above for further information.