Has Bethesda Picked Up the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. License? [Rumor] [Update]

What need does Bethesda have for another post-apocalyptic first-person franchise? You’d think they might have that on lock. In any case, the rumor mill is buzzing that the Maryland-based developer has snagged the rights to make an original S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game, according to Ukranian blogger and marketing professional Sergey Galyonkin. Galyonkin was hip to the closure of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 studio earlier this year, so he might know what he’s talking about this time around.

According to Rock Paper Shotgun, Bethesda is mum on the subject which could mean anything. Still, (and I might be confusing my whole understanding of their business integration) but wouldn’t this be a purchase for parent company Zenimax? And barring that, again I have to ask why the folks behind Fallout would want to pick up a relatively smaller IP. Maybe they’re looking to use GSC World’s animation and graphic tools?

We’ll keep an eye out for more news here.

[Update: 7/31 3:30 PM PST] Kotaku’s Stephen Totilo is reporting that according the curator of the official S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Facebook page, this whole rumor is false. Hopefully we’ll get some kind of official confirmation or denial from Bethesda or GSC World soon.

[Source: Galyonkin.com via Rock Paper Shotgun]

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