While we already reported yesterday that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 has been officially cancelled, that doesn’t mean the franchise itself won’t resurface at some point.
It seems it might be sooner than you think, as rumors are circulating that Bethesda (Elder Scrolls, Rage) has just bough the IP!
This info was unearthed from a Russian S.T.A.L.K.E.R. fansite where S.T.A.L.K.E.R. owner and GSC boss Sergei Grigorovich states that the reason a new studio couldn’t continue work on the franchise is that because those rights have been sold off to Bethesda.
Here’s the official post (translated roughly by Google Translate):
I understand that this conception will be not interesting for many gamers. I decided to remove all the work. Announcement will not be shown instead, all that the team managed to do without me. STALKER brand into the hands of Bethesda games. I’m leaving the game development – fed up with …
Please note that the comments came from a fansite and no one has confirmed or denied that it was really Gregorovich who issued the statement.
Also interesting to add is that the official S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Facebook page states that Sergiy has not sold the rights to anyone.”
The page also issued this statement a mere two hours ago:
There is no truth to the allegations that the Stalker rights have been sold to Bethesda. The rights belong to Sergiy Grygorovych, the founder of GSC Game World.
Could this be a fabricated rumor by someone who doesn’t want to see the franchise die or is the Facebook moderator for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. out of the loop? In any case, file this under the rumor section for now until we hear official confirmation that this may or may not be true.
GSC Game World is now known as Vostok Games and is currently working on an MMOFPS called Survarium.