S.T.A.L.K.E.R studio re-opens, plans new project

Three years after shutting down, GSC Game World, the studio behind the excellent S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, is back in action. The guys at GamesIndustry.biz have scored an interview with GSC's Valentine Yeltyshev, who helped shed light on what happened three years ago—and on what GSC is up to now.

Speaking about the canceled S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 project, Yeltyshev told GamesIndustry.biz, "Actually, STALKER 2 was in the middle of development, but we started to realise that we weren't ready to complete the game at the level of quality that we thought it should be. That was connected to a lack of specific people in the team."

By that point, some of the GSC folks had already left for 4A Games, which released the acclaimed Metro 2033 in 2010. Following GSC's demise, other team members went on to form West Games and Vostok Games, the latter of which is now developing a post-apocalyptic MMOFPS called Survivarium.

Yeltyshev says GSC still has a "solid team" and doesn't plan to hire any of those people back, at least for now. Also, while GSC still has the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 assets on hand, it's apparently got its sights set on another project:

[GamesIndustry.biz:] You've got a new, unannounced game in the works. The market is very different to what it was four years ago, have you been tempted to change with it and try free-to-play or mobile development?

[Yeltyshev:] "We're pretty sure about our fans. The market we're in is quite old fashioned, they're not 16 year olds, they're 25-40 years old. We don't think free-to-play is the right model for the game we want to make. So we're making an old-fashioned, full price game, we think our audience will be happy about that. We're expecting a lot of our old audience!"

Sounds nice. Too bad we don't know more. GSC has a new website up, so I expect details about the new project will start to trickle out there eventually. I'll be keeping my eyes peeled.

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