Q&A on GamesIndustry.biz
we missed last week talks to Valentine Yeltyshev,
who informs them that GSC Game World is back in operation, following a period
where the Ukrainian developer was closed (thanks
). They learn the story behind the studios fall and rise, and get
word that they are working on an "old-fashioned, full price game," though they
don't offer any details on what it is about. They get the S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
developer's take on West Games' claim to a pedigree from the original
"I don't really know enough about them, but the story is quite
funny. These guys were basically promoting themselves as being the STALKER team,
that they were working on STALKER, but that's not true. When we were working on
STALKER 2, we were also planning on releasing a browser game based on STALKER so
we could keep the audience engaged until released.
"That project was never finished. There were mistakes. But the guys at West
Games, that was the STALKER project they were working on - a flash game. So when
they promoted themselves as having worked on STALKER, I was quite surprised. We
would definitely win the legal action against them, but we won't start it. They
used a lot of the ideas from STALKER... I don't know what they were thinking,
starting that. I haven't heard from them for quite a while."