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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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46. Re: Bethesda S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Rumor Jul 31, 2012, 18:50 Raptor
 
Re: Theyarecomingforyou

Wow - comparing Call of Pripyat (2009 btw) to Skyrim (2011)
Two different games with different budgets (not a small difference)
And I could argue for the opposite - That STALKER actually had a beginning, middle game and an end, as well as an actual story and plot.
The gameplay was solid and challenging and except for Skyrim I didn't have bugs in Pripyat (maybe I was lucky), whereas Skyrim was a huge mess for me.
Sorry, I know that Skyrim was all critically acclaimed and all that and I quite enjoyed it for the beginning part and till there were some challenges, but design wise it's inferiour to anything with a vision.
Bethesda is excellent at setting up a world and filling it with locations and sometimes even characters, but what comes after should be left to someone else.

Here's an example of what happened the last time an eastern title was picked up by a western company.
Operation Flashpoint and Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising.
Sorry, but I do not want that to happen again.


Also a well selected picture comparison there.

I also did a random picture search and found this image from Skyrim:
Skyrim
Compare to Pripyat:
Pripyat1
or
Pripyat2
I'm sure you'd pick Stalker as the better and far more interesting looking setting from these.
 
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