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MMO S.T.A.L.K.E.R.? M.a.y.b.e.

A recent GSC Game World Community Q&A (thanks FiringSquad) answers a question about online play in STALKER and raises the possibility that they might create an MMOG based on the irradiated shooter:

2. Will there be S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Online?

We do not quite understand what you mean by "online". If it is the cooperative mode, then no, there will be none. Even at the time of development of the first part of the game we said that a cooperative mode is impossible, since Life Simulation would be different at each computer. Synchronizing it would be practically not doable. If you mean an MMOG, then we are seriously considering it.

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34. Re: No subject Dec 18, 2007, 04:56 Duc
 
I don't think GSC are liars or fools but possibly they are foolhardy, they spent an awful lot of time developing hugely complicated models and interactions between AI entities but ultimately didn't actually have much to show for their work - behind the scenes the game might be doing some very clever mathematics and modelling thousands of creatures to create the player experience but ultimately the end result was often inferior to the AI that was scripted and 'cheated' like in Half-life or FEAR.

Additionally if the AI life simulation system was never designed to be networked and given they took out co-op because they couldn't figure out how to make it work this isn't that unlikely then chances are that converting it to a networked model now would be not only extremely complicated but something they already failed at once.


 
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