Stalker 2 is dead, Survarium born from the ashes

Developers from GSC Game World have formed a new studio, Vostok Games

A number of employees from the now-defunct developer of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, GSC Game World, have formed a new company, Vostok Games. The new studio is hard at work on a free-to-play MMO called Survarium. The game will be developed on the studio's new Vostok Engine and planned for a late 2013 release.

"Despite no official continuation of [S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2] it looks like the ideas and spirit will live on in the team's new game - 'Survarium'" said the developers in a tweet from GSC's Stalker account.

"Our company appeared in March 2012 in Kiev. Ten years earlier, when at GSC Game World we started developing the renowned S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game series and continued working on it until December 2011 when the studio was unexpectedly shut down and the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 project - frozen. We did not reach agreement with the rights owner regarding the use of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. brand, that's why we made the decision to move forward as an independent studio with a new project. That day became our starting point for Vostok Games," says the company's official homepage.

Like S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Survarium will take place in a ravaged environment with players struggling to survive. Unlike S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, the game should actually be out eventually. We wish Vostok good luck in their development efforts.

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James Prendergast Process Specialist 10 years ago
I would love a completely free-roaming "survival-lite" game in urban and suburban settings. Stalker was great but gated... something like a cross between Fallout 3 and Stalker would be fantastic.
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Thomas Dolby Project Manager / Lead Programmer, Ai Solve10 years ago
I wish them all the best, but I can't help but feel Stalker doesn't really suit the F2PMMO genre. I guess they're just taking the spirit of the game forward into another franchise, but for me Stalker was always about the lonely, desolate atmosphere.

In the same way that Fear 3 lost all atmosphere in co-op, I expect this game to do the same.
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Andrew Clayton Executive Editor, Side Story Games10 years ago
Why does everyone feel the need to turn an excellent single-player franchise into an MMO? Either way, good luck, but I'm 99% sure I'll be avoiding Survarium.
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Wayne Gibson UK Marketing Manager for 10 years ago
Maybe they should try a Kickstarter campaign.
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