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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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39. Re: Bethesda S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Rumor Jul 31, 2012, 17:14 Matshock
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Jul 31, 2012, 16:50:
Everyone must be sharing the same prescription of rose-tinted glasses. The Stalker engine is nearly as fucked up as the Gamebryo mess. The only major difference is GSC created better gameplay than Bethesda. Both are saved by their mod communities.

Meh- xray has the unfortunate circumstance of coming out in that time frame when multicore processors were considered high end. They -could- do some excellent visuals on xray, but it lacked good enough multicore support to pump a good frame rate.

Then they wanted to capitalize on the franchise instead of take time to really overhaul the engine and the rest is history.

Crawling out of the hell underneath Pripyat and seeing then sun, then remembering I'm in the hell of Pripyat is one of my top 10 gaming moments ever.

Then from the first game- after barley surviving the entry into Pripyat, running away from from a lost battle and hiding until I healed up I took some shaky steps outside, spotted a black figure and decided I had just died- it turned out to be a stalker that followed in after the first wave. I was never so happy to see a NPC in my life.

The only franchises that were that memorable for me were System Shock, Half Life and XCOM if that tells you how highly I regard STALKER.

 
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