Rumours abound that STALKER 2 is on indefinite hold as GSC Game World closes its doors – but the speculation is as yet unverified.
It appears that STALKER developer GSC Game World may be set to close its doors, cancelling the upcoming STALKER 2 in the process.
Reports of the Ukranian studio’s demise initially surfaced on a Ukranian news website today, but the developer claimed on Twitter that the story was inaccurate.
However, shortly afterwards, the tweet was deleted. Attempts to contact GSC have been met with a firm ‘no comment’.
It was subsequently reported that the game’s cancellation and the studio’s closure had been confirmed on Twitter by GSC Game World’s director. However, this emerged to be a misunderstanding.
The man in question, Dmitri Bourkovski, told BeefJack that he has no connection to the game nor the company, but that he does know employees of GSC Game World, including its CEO. He said he was simply reporting what he had heard: that employees had been told of the company’s closure at a meeting today.
The STALKER games weren’t for everyone, but they won plaudits for their tense and dark atmosphere, as well as their tactical action. The first game, Shadow of Chernobyl, was followed by a slightly-less-impressive standalone expansion pack, Clear Sky, before the company released Call of Pripyat – regarded by many to be the best game of the series.
GSC later confirmed that they were working on a full sequel, but with the studio’s apparent closure, it looks like this will now not see the light of day.
BeefJack is currently attempting to contact GSC Game World employees to find out more information – as soon as we know anything, so will you.