S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Developer Lives On With Survarium (UPDATED)
Sad news today when I logged on to Facebook and Twitter. I saw that development on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 had ceased even though evidence of work was still being done by the developers after the shut down of GSC Gameworld. The Ukranian developer shut down earlier this year for reasons still unclear but probably had something to do with S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 being a multi-platform release and a massive budget.
The good news out of all of this is that the folks at GSC were so passionate about what they did, they made their own studio, getting funding from investors that believed in them. Their new studio is called Vostok Games and their first project, Survarium, is carrying on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R universe, expanding on it to create a Massive Multiplayer Online First Person Shooter that will be free to play.
Sounds ambitious for a group of developers that were just let go from their previous company for monetary reasons, doesn’t it? Take a look at the video below to get a look at the new studio and the vision for this new game (video is in Russian with English subtitles):
I’m a little put off that S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 isn’t being made anymore but I do understand why. The rights to the name are no longer in the hands of these devs but these guys don’t want their universe to die because of it and I respect that.
I really loved the S.T.A.L.K.E.R franchise and by playing those games, I got immersed in the lore surrounding the events that it was based off of. Updates will be posted on Survarium‘s Facebook and Twitter as they come and they will be posted here as soon as I see them.
I wonder if Vostok knows about Kickstarter…
UPDATE: Posted on their Facebook page,
Stalkers, while most of you are angry and upset (which we understand) please know that since December 2011 the entire Stalker team (myself included) was working without pay on Stalker 2 while new investors were scouted. That is our dedication. Sadly we could not gain legal rights to the franchise. We are still the same team working now at Vostok Games and on Survarium.
I LOVE their passion