'S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2' Definitely (Probably) Not Cancelled Says Dev

GSC Game World says the sequel to the cult apocalyptic fps is on the way, but there's a slight catch.

So the good word from Kiev-based developer GSC Game World, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is absolutely coming back—they just need to get over a couple of funding hiccups to complete the game. Just before the holidays, the team was reporting that their studio was facing imminent closure—or depending on who you ask, actually did up and close due to the apparent lack of profitability in developing a PC-only FPS aimed at European gamers and the lack of any kind of concrete console publishing deal.

It's unclear at this point what's allowed the GSC team (in whatever shape it's in) to continue work on the game up until this point, but Edge is speculating that they're going it alone without CEO Sergei Grigorovich after telling the team last month of his intent to close up shop.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 was announced back in 2010 with a targeted 2012 release, but there's no indication that given these financial difficulties the game will be able to make the target. However, it looks like the ones still hanging on, like GSC spokesperson Oleg Yavorsky remain optimistic: "We are still in the process of seeking funding to back up the project... We are hopeful things turn out well eventually. The team really wants to see STALKER continue."

[Source: Edge and Rock, Paper, Shotgun]

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