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GSC Game World: “Nothing is certain”, studio will do its “best to continue”

Tuesday, 13th December 2011 03:04 GMT By Brenna Hillier

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 developer GCS Game World has issued its promised statement on the studio’s future. Short version: it’s not good news.

“We will do our best to continue. However, at this moment, nothing is certain,” the tweeted statement said.

“Our website will continue, with the forum and tech support. The shop will continue until the nearest planned items sell out,” it added.

Last week, Ukrainian news sources carried reports that the developer had been closed by owner Sergei Grigorovich, with staff to be paid until the end of February but development of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 shelved.

A flurry of back-and-forth tweets, some of which were deleted, appeared to confirm the closure, but the latest statement maintains ambiguity on the game’s future.

It’s probably safe to assume the game has been canned, but it seems possible that a core group of developers is pushing to find new financial backing before issuing a blanket statement. We await further updates.

Thanks, GiantBomb.

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14 Comments

  1. jacobvandy

    It’s better news than “Yep, that’s it, bye guys!”

    #1 3 years ago
  2. back_up

    Another developers killed by PC gamers

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Maximum Payne

    @2 You really want get ban ?
    If somebody in industry have brains they would buy it.
    Imagine Ubisoft buying it :D

    #3 3 years ago
  4. NeoSquall

    @3 “Imagine Ubisoft buying it”

    GOD PLEASE, no.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. TheBlackHole

    The simple fact is they didn’t sell enough copies. It got pirated to hell and back though.

    While I don’t think PC gamers are all pirates, PC game piracy is undoubtedly having a negative effect on the PC (only) game industry.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. IL DUCE

    @3 Totally…I was thinking more along the lines of EA myself…and it should probably be held back until next gen systems so its not as difficult to run it on consoles…

    @5 yeah I agree

    #6 3 years ago
  7. YoungZer0

    @5: Well, i would’ve loved to buy more than one of their games, but the fact is that they are just bad programmers and their games are riddled with performance issues and bugs.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Maximum Payne

    @6 Yea well I think EA would def buy it if they have choice they already want to be first in FPS genre.I just make joke about UBI because of Irony.
    But I really don’t see any other game developer except maybe THQ and 4A games ?

    #8 3 years ago
  9. IL DUCE

    @8 yeah I could totally see them taking back their franchise I would assume it would take a back seat until after Metro: Last Light though…so unless they want to abandon that IP it might be too similar…

    2K would be another possibility…or Bethesda due to their experience with massive open worlds and they’re certainly no stranger to bugs…but since both those companies have post-apocalyptic franchises already, I’d probably say EA is the most likely buyer if anyone buys it or picks up publishing…

    I’m still not sure why S.T.A.L.K.E.R.’S premise was such a hard sell…its grounded in reality and based off of an actual event in that actual area, of course the second event further irradiated the area and gave us what we end up in S.T.A.L.K.E.R….but that alone is cool to me…

    #9 3 years ago
  10. DSB

    EA is willing to buy almost anything, but they still have to see a clear profit in doing it. Buying a disintegrating Ukrainian studio that is yet to make a properly engineered game isn’t in the cards, in my opinion. I don’t think EA has much of a presence in Eastern Europe as it is.

    I think Activision would stand to gain a lot more since they’ve pretty much thrown away any notion of diversity in their business, but then again they’re probably too deep in mega-franchise-mode these days.

    @5 It’s easy to level that accusation, but a lot harder to back it up. Ultimately there’s nothing to indicate that there’s less money to be made. Activision have doubled their business on the PC in recent years (not counting MMO’s) and EA just relaunched one of the biggest PC games since Starcraft.

    Piracy means lower business potential, which is a factor for a growth business, but it ultimately doesn’t say anything for how profitable the market still is.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Fin

    @10

    No one can honestly say the gaming industry is better off having piracy.
    Don’t think anyone can ever conclusively say piracy killed a developer.

    There’d be more developers around without piracy though, and we wouldn’t have to put up with DRM, that’s for sure.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. DSB

    @11 I think you’re mostly right. There’d be more investment and more risks being taken without piracy. That doesn’t change the fact that the “pirate ghost” has yet to destroy the industry, as the industry has heralded for the last 20 years. Actually more than 20 years.

    The PC market is still very much profitable, and it’s still recieving lots of attention from publishers. I think there’s a conspicuous number of instances where the publishers who pull the piracy card, are usually the ones who are in trouble already.

    Ultimately piracy is a great explanation for bad numbers. You don’t have to prove it, because everybody knows it exists, and chances are that a lot of investors will be satisfied with news of a DRM solution.

    I don’t see your point in terms of DRM. DRM is only delivered to the paying customer, never to pirates. Where does reality come in to the equasion?

    What people should be worried about is the absence of proper game services. Some have gotten wise to Steamworks, and that’s great, and Blizzard has created a great system in Battle.net, but ultimately the industry is only hurting their own business by not accepting piracy as a challenge, rather than keeping it as a bogey man and the mythical scourge of the industry.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. IL DUCE

    @DSB yeah idk if they would even purchase GSC and maybe just purchase the IP from them…just seems its too good of a franchise to let disappear so hopefully someone picks it up, and properly engineers the game, and maybe S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 will see the light on day eventually…

    Gotta be someone out there…wouldn’t mind seeing someone like Crytek take over development and use CryEngine 3 for it…EA, Activision, TakeTwo, Ubi, Bethesda, THQ – one of them will pick up that IP…

    #13 3 years ago
  14. absolutezero

    The only publisher that I would condone picking up Stalker would be Paradox. You know the pretty successful publisher that makes niche PC only titles and makes lots of money from the PC only titles and is happy with how much money it makes and is not attempting to fuck everyone in the ass to get more money.

    Yeah them.

    #14 3 years ago

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