GSC Game World Back in Business

A 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 GameSpot). 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 game:
"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."