It looked for a while there like it was end of the line for the STALKER franchise, as developers GSC Game World were on the brink of going out of business.

That was 2011, though! In 2012, the studio's Facebook page has just let the world know that "we are continuing work on Stalker 2 after the holidays".

Fans of bleak post-apocalyptic Eastern Bloc shooters, get happy!

Official S.T.A.L.K.E.R. [Facebook]