Bethesda now owns the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. IP. Like it or not.
For those familiar with S.T.A.L.K.E.R. they know how fun and interesting the game can be. So the news of its sequel's cancellation has caused many gamers (myself included) saddened by the loss of a great series. However Bethesda has stepped in and bought up the IP from its original owners: GSC Game World.
The news comes from the Russian site: stalker-gsc.ru which reads:
"Я понял, что данная концепция сталкера не будет интересна многим игрокам и принял решение удалить все наработки. Анонса не будет, вместо этого будут показано все то, что успела сделать команда без меня. Бренд S.T.A.L.K.E.R переходит в руки Bethesda games. Я ухожу из разработки игр - надоело..."
Roughly translated, it reads:
"I understand that this conception will be not interesting for many gamers. I decided to remove all the work. Announcement will not be shown instead, all that the team managed to do without me. STALKER brand into the hands of Bethesda games. I'm leaving the game development - fed up with ..."
While there could be an error in the translation. It seems as though Bethesda has another IP on their hands. What will they do with it? Make it into another series using their Gamebryo system, or perhaps they just bought it so other companies couldn't purchase it to make a Fallout competitor.
What do the g1's think? Good move because we could possibly see more S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games, or would you prefer Bethesda didn't get their hands on it.
» Source: http://stalker-gsc.ru/news/s_t_a_l_k_e_r_2_novosti_prodolzhenie/2012-04-25-1764
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