An ugly rumor coming out of Ukraine claims that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is canceled and developer GSC Game World has been closed down.
This is seriously disappointing news if it turns out to be true. According to a
And sadly, it looks like it is true: GSC initially denied the report via Twitter, but that tweet was quickly deleted and then followed by
On the other hand, this wouldn’t be the
UPDATE: It turns out that Dmitri Bourkovski, who earlier “confirmed” the closure of GSC on Twitter, doesn’t actually work for GSC Game World at all; his Linkedin profile lists him as the “Head of Publishing, Games Division” at Mail.ru. He also told
UPDATE 2: Sergey Galyonkin, marketing director at 1C Multimedia [1C Company published the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games in some regions] has blogged about the closure of GSC, which you may or may not take as confirmation as you see fit. “GSC is closed, a fact confirmed by all. The team is almost completely dissolved, the state has only a few people,” he wrote, obviously
Galyonkin said a deal to bring the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series to consoles fell through and the projected sales for a PC-exclusive post-apocalyptic shooter based in eastern Europe weren’t enough to justify the expense of developing the game. There were also apparently concerns, as stated earlier, about the current state of the game’s development and some claims that GSC Game World chief Grigorovich is just “stupidly tired.”
We’re still awaiting official word from GSC but at this point, it sounds very much like that’s that.