After it was revealed that S.T.A.L.K.E.R developer GSC Game World had collapsed, and thus taken with it any hope of a sequel to their nuclear holocaust inspired shooter, rumours of an acquisition by Bethesda began to float around. However that seems not to be the case.
Speaking to Eurogamer, Vostok Games’ Oleg Yavorsky talked about how the S.T.A.L.K.E.R licence was still in the hands of GSC and how Vostok Games had to form to continue work on a new project.
Even after the closure of GSC Game World, and the start up of Vostok Games, the developers were eager to continue work on S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2, and so entered into negotiations, however “after a month or so of negotiations” they didn’t come to any agreement over the rights.
Yavorsky went on to say that the rights of the brand still belong with what is left of GSC Game World and it’s founder Sergiy Grygorovych.
This of course doesn’t mean a Bethesda acquisition isn’t on the cards, as these things usually happen behind closed doors, and surely Grygorovych would like some money to come out of the rubble of GSC, however this is only pure speculation.
It’s nice to know that after all this Vostok Games and Grygorovych are on good terms, with Yavorsky insisting that “we are communicating with him though and have parted as friends.”
Vostok Games are now developing free-to-play game, Survarium