Two Companies Are Fighting Like Mutant Dogs Over The STALKER Franchise

What a mess. Ever since former developers GSC Game World began dying a slow and agonising death, the future of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series has been up in the air, with former GSC staffers moving onto a spiritual successor after a rights dispute. » 12/12/12 9:00pm 12/12/12 9:00pm

Survarium Developers Talk About Stopping Cheaters Even Though Their…

The next game from the folks who once made the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. titles won't be out for a while, but they already know that people will be trying to exploit it. They've got plans to stop those ne'er-do-wells. » 10/03/12 9:30am 10/03/12 9:30am

Bethesda-S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Rumor Resurfaces, But No One's Talking [UPDATE]

In April, we fielded a rather confusing rumor that involved game developer Sergei Girgorovich supposedly telling a Russian news outlet that he had sold the rights to his development team's acclaimed post-nuclear-apocalypse-horror-first-person-shooter series, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., to Bethesda, the people who brought us the… » 7/31/12 2:46pm 7/31/12 2:46pm

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Developers' Next Game is Multiplayer-Focused Because…

What people loved most about GSC Game World's S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise were the lonely, post-apocalyptic landscapes that the game let you wander through. But S.T.A.L.K.E.R.'s dead now and things are going to be different in the world being built by the former developers of that franchise won't be quite as sparsely… » 5/17/12 9:00am 5/17/12 9:00am

STALKER Franchise Sold to Bethesda? [Update]

According to Russian reports, STALKER creator and GSC boss Sergei Grigorovich has issued a statement revealing that the reason a new development team couldn't get the rights to the STALKER series in order to make a sequel - as only briefly alluded to earlier today - was because those rights have been sold to Bethesda. » 4/25/12 7:17pm 4/25/12 7:17pm

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Cancelled, Developers Say, But New Game Survarium

Just two weeks after promising signs of life from creative studio GSC Game World, it looks like post-nuclear horror FPS S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is dead for good this time. But that doesn't mean that fans of GSC's creepy Eastern Bloc survival shooting won't have anything to play. » 4/25/12 1:53pm 4/25/12 1:53pm

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2's Actually Happening, Here's Animated Proof

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 looked like it was dead in the water for a while, with reports that dev studio GSC Game World was going out of business. But then the Kiev-based collective resurfaced on Facebook this year and indicated that work was underway for the sequel to their acclaimed shooter. That was way back in January,… » 4/09/12 2:30pm 4/09/12 2:30pm

The Week in Unbelievably Gorgeous Screenshots

A couple weeks back I ran an enjoyable feature on Duncan Harris, the video game photographer behind the website DeadEndThrills. Harris takes some of the most evocative, beautiful video game screenshots I've ever seen, and we've been sharing some of his work each week here. » 12/23/11 10:00pm 12/23/11 10:00pm

The Week in Unbelievably Gorgeous Screenshots

Last week, I was so happy to publish a feature about the incredible screenshots of DeadEndThrills, a.k.a. Duncan Harris. Duncan is regularly cranking out so many terrific shots over on his site that I thought it would be fun to share some highlights from each week, as well as a few classics from his many collections. » 12/16/11 8:00pm 12/16/11 8:00pm

Could This Be the End of GSC Game World and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2?

The Kiev, Ukraine based developer that put a dramatic spin on nuclear horror in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series of PC first-person shooters has reportedly closed its doors, leaving the fate of the eagerly-anticipated S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 up in the air. » 12/09/11 4:20pm 12/09/11 4:20pm

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Requires a 'Permanent Internet Connection'

Mandatory constant Internet connections piss off PC gamers. No studio can has yet put that news in any light that didn't summon an extremely indignant reaction. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2's tried to put it in a different light by saying the constant connection is how players will be served actual game content. Like missions.… » 10/08/11 12:00pm 10/08/11 12:00pm