S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 finally cancelled; Devs form new MMOFPS studio

So is S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 dead or what? Last year saw S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 cancelled as studio GSC Game World collapsed in a cloud of radioactive gossip, only for January to bring the revelation that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 isn't dead after all. So which is it for the game with the least-typable name in the history of the medium? Spoiler: The first one. Having for worked on the sequel - unpaid, mind - for upward of a year, the game's developers have finally said they simply can't get the rights necessary to complete and release the game. But even cancerous mushroom clouds have a silver lining.

Above: Scratchy film, subliminal bacteria and giant spiders - they know how to put together a dev diary over in that Ukraine

Here's the first developer diary from the newly-formed Vostok Games, composed of GSC employees still eager to get a decent game out of the ten years' hard work they put into the sadly-deceased sequel. The team's already got a good start on a decidedly S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-esque MMOFPS tentatively titled Survarium, which it's billing as a free-play shooter set in a post-apocalyptic world similar to S.T.A.L.K.E.R's Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Exclusion Zone.

Above: Here's the first concept art released for Vostok's newly-announced Survarium

As Vostok explains, with the loss of S.T.A.L.K.E.R's Chernobyl setting, the stage was set for a game with similar concerns on a much larger scale – so Survarium will comment not just on Chernobyl, but on more recent environmental catastrophes like those in Fukushima and the Mexican Gulf. Vostok is projecting a late 2013 launch for Survarium; keep an eye on the new studio's Youtube channel for future updates, all of them hopefully just as subliminally perturbing as the first.


  • bebl09 - April 26, 2012 8:26 p.m.

    Sounds like a cool idea, except for the fact that it's an MMO...
  • CombatWombat101 - April 26, 2012 5:18 a.m.

    I will now commence sadfacing forever. :(
  • DryvBy - April 26, 2012 4:56 a.m.

    That sucks. Sucks even more they're going to work on a stupid MMO. MMO everything these days.
  • NanoElite666 - April 25, 2012 10:15 p.m.

    Man that sucks. Guess I'll keep an eye on Survarium now, though.
  • ThundaGawd - April 25, 2012 8:54 p.m.

    I never really found the time to play the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games, I was planning on making time this summer between all the Diablo 3 and Darksiders 2 and such, but it's always a shame to hear a successful franchise die out, especially if it's a reason as unfortunate as this. On the bright side, at least they're adapting what they've been working on into another game, I'll have to keep an eye out for this one, it looks like it could be a fine replacement for that Fallout MMO Bethesda decided to cancel a while back o.o
  • Bloodstorm - April 25, 2012 7:06 p.m.

    Sad to hear.

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