April 25, 2012
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Cancelled
Stalker fans just got a little screwed, as the development for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 has been cancelled. Ukrainian studio GSC was shut down in December of last year when GSC Game World founder and CEO Sergei Grigorovich decided he was closing the studio, up to this point there was little to no indication that GSC was having such problems. In Jan. however the company announced that they were continuing work on the title but were in dire need of financial backing and that nothing was guaranteed. Since then the team had been working without pay while trying to bring in investors.
The reason for the games ultimate demise was the fact that the companies new investors was unable to reach an agreement with the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. rights owners. However not all is lost, GSC, now known as Vostok Games is currently working on a free-to-play MMO titled Survarium. Survarium is set in the near future and centers on a “mass-scale ecological catastrophe” that ravages Earth. Survarium is expected to release near the end of 2013.
The cancellation of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is a disappointing blow to say the least, however a sister MMO that is free-to-play set in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. universe, or at the very least the same theme, is something to look forward to.