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Bethesda S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Rumor

This tweet from Sergey Galyonkin, marketing director at 1C Multimedia and this blog post have sparked rumors that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is in development at Bethesda Softworks after development of the first-person shooter sequel was frozen following trouble at developer GSC Game World. The Steam Forums (thanks PlayStation Universe) has a translation:

The following info is from a reliable source but isn't official, keep that in mind.

Sergey Grigorovich didn't sell the brand name "STALKER".

Bethesda is going to publish a STALKER game and has all the rights to it.

The game is multiplatform(consoles+PC) and is based on Bethesda technology.

It's being made by a studio familiar with that technology(possibly Obisidian or the Fallout 3 team from Bethesda, but no facts as of yet). It is almost 100% guaranteed that it's not a Ukrainian studio.

Bethesda will be able to buy the brand name from Grigorovich later, but for now all the misc. merchandise is his responsibility.

Release date, engine, detailes - TBA.

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14. Re: Bethesda S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Rumor Jul 31, 2012, 11:40 Bhruic
 
Creston wrote on Jul 31, 2012, 11:13:
They don't have the greatest writers in the world, no, but if certain individuals around here are to be believed, Bethesda can't write a single sentence to save its life... :|

I've never seen anyone make that claim. Bethesda hasn't written a decent storyline in awhile (the Dark Brotherhood in Oblivion is the last decent example I can think of). And there are definitely companies that do stories better.

I have a hard time believing that Bethesda could pull off the feel of a STALKER game. But it's possible. I'd really rather the used a different engine tho', they'd really need one that's better at strict FPS than what they've been using.
 
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