The developers of ‘STALKER’ called ‘GSC Game World’ are now back in business. Not only that, Valentine Yeltyshev announced that they have already started working on an ‘old-fashioned, full price’ game but haven’t confirmed any further details. Of course, we all hope that it would be STALKER’s sequel. It should be noted that despite the company’s demise, it still owned the franchise. GSC Gameworld owns Cossacks, Heroes of Annihilated Empires.
Speaking about STALKER, he said during an interview, “That project was never finished. There were mistakes. But the guys at West Games, that was the STALKER project they were working on – a flash game. So when they promoted themselves as having worked on STALKER, I was quite surprised. We would definitely win the legal action against them, but we won’t start it. They used a lot of the ideas from STALKER… I don’t know what they were thinking, starting that. I haven’t heard from them for quite a while.”
He added, “So there were a lot of complex reasons that led to the decision to stop development. We were never closing down forever, but at the time we were aware of some pretty obvious obstacles that we weren’t going to be able to overcome. Maybe we needed more team leaders. Still, we’d built some levels, areas of the zone, some characters, a new engine. A completely new engine, written from scratch, which was already a next-gen engine at the time.”
The Ukraine-based company will prefer to work in their projects within their home country. They also added that they do not think ‘free-to-play’ is not a right model for a game that they want to make. In the end, they’re very sure about their fans whom they believe that they fall within 25-40 years of age.