S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Assets Are Being Used Illegally to Promote Areal, Says Vostok PR Manager

By   /   Jun 25, 2014

Areal, a new game announced earlier this week by the people who claim to have worked on Metro: Last Light and S.T.A.L.K.E.R, is a subject of controversy.

Vostok Games, who employs multiple developers of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is saying that Areal’s developers claim of being the creator of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is fraudulent.

In a statement to VG247, PR and Marketing Manager for Vostok Games said:

So that you understand, over the years of development of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and then Metro series, there have been literally hundreds of people involved in working on various bits and pieces, starting from beta-testers up to modellers responsible for certain weapon models.

Many people came to the studio to work for a few months just for the sake of adding “S.T.A.L.K.E.R. development” to their portfolio. Frequently they claimed afterwards to be the ‘core’ developers behind the game (you wouldn’t know anyway, right?)

He continued on to say that his biggest concern is that West Games is using the assets of S.T.A.L.K.E.R and are claiming that it is their own property.

He added that these stunts pulled by the new studio are only to get attention in the media.

Things seem fine earlier when the game was announced, but all hell broke loose, when the Kickstarter video of Areal showed multiple S.T.A.L.K.E.R clips and concept art.

Moreover, Aerial from West Games has very similar concept to S.T.A.L.K.E.R as it is set in an open world, where everything has just fallen apart in a post-apocalyptic environment.

You will be playing in a first person perspective as you will have choice for selecting different weapons, supplies and traits.

So far, West Games hasn’t given any response!