Could This Be The End Of GSC Game World?

The Kiev, Ukraine based developer that put a dramatic spin on nuclear horror in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series of PC first-person shooters has reportedly closed its doors, leaving the fate of the eagerly-anticipated S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 up in the air.

Reports of the closure of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. began this morning via a story on the Ukraine's UkraNews website. Simply citing an informed source, the website reported that Sergei Grigorovich, founder and CEO of GSC Game World, had decided to close the studio for personal reasons, suggesting either the lack of solid progress on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 or attempts by authorities to obtain the studios and its profits for themselves as the motivation behind the closure.

After that, facts get a little blurry. Rock, Paper, Shotgun have chronicled the story from the beginning, starting with a tweet denying the closure on the company's official Twitter that has since been deleted. Another Twitter user tweeted the closure of the studio, though it turns out he was not affiliated with GSC Game World.

The developer replied to inquiries from RPS with a no comment statement, not something a healthy company would do, and most recently GSC's social media manager announced that he was looking for a new job.

The most telling evidence of the closure, however, comes from Sergey Galenkin of 1c Ukraine, a company that's been involved with publishing GSC Game World's games in the past. In a blog post on his personal website he said that the developer is officially closed, the team mostly dissolved. Galenkin goes on to say that the reason behind the closure was the cost of developing a big budget PC-only first-person shooter coupled following deals for console versions that never came to fruition.

Of course none of this is official confirmation. We've reached out to GSC Game World ourselves, and until we hear official word there's still a sliver of hope. A tiny, almost imperceptible sliver.

The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series might not have the largest audience, but those who've played it have come away inspired. Here's hoping this isn't the final meltdown of the beloved franchise.

Get Out Of Here: GSC Closure "Confirmed" [Rock, Paper, Shotgun]


Comments

    Wow. I hope this isn't true. The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games are amazing - some of the most overlooked FPS games of the last 10 years.

      I just googled it now :(
      Hope someone takes over the project, LIKE DUKE NUKEUM, but better :l

    I really enjoyed the 1st one, the 2nd one was good. the 3rd felt too much the same.

    Noooo! I hope this isn't true.
    S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is one of my favorite game series.
    I was eagerly awaiting the proper sequel... the games have an unmatched atmosphere, which would've only gotten better with a new game engine.

    Let's hope if this is true, that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 pops up in about 7 years like Shadow of Chernobyl did after it first appeared. :P

    I hope they don't close, those games are my favourite of that genre. I still have fond memories of getting the shit scared out of me!

    well the IP will be sold up to cover the debt of the studio, you will see the game again as its an established franchise and easy to bank on, exactly what publishers are looking for even with super old and unrelated IP's.

      Yeah exactly. Someone like EA or Activision will make it for consoles and the pc will get a shit port.

        Only it'll be missing everything that made it awesome and unique in the first place.

    :(

    Really, REALLY love the STALKER series, the games taught me to love hardcorde game difficulties. The modding scene is incredible, if there's never a new game and game engine for the modders to have at, it is a sad day :(

    Why u fear mongering kotaku?

    There seems to be a lot more to this story then meets the eye. There is so much back and forth on the confirmation / denial that I still can't figure out if it's true but other elements / reasons cited are:
    Police / government corruption may have played a role

    Alternatively, an offer by state to purchase the studio may have played a role or be the actual case indicating that the closure is actually a sale.

    Lack of publisher interest may also have played a role.

    Additionally, GSC's turn over with publishers may have meant that finding a publisher to fund the console development of STALKER 2 was impossible.

    Again, alternatively this could be a marketting strategy to draw attention to them.

    If this is true this will be the biggest let down of the year in gaming for me, only just edging out annual release of duty: mediocrity cometh 3.

    But seriously, I have googled stalker two frequently for the last couple of years and this has to be the most disappointing gaming news, EVER!

    That sucks :(

    I didn't know much about how stalker 2 was going to play out, but I've always liked the idea of not dubbing a game so it can be internationalised. I figure with the zone you'd have people from around the world rocking up and while there may be a few common languages like english people will still ahve difficulty in communication when say a russian guy meets an english guy and have no common language.

    You'd record the game once with a variety of different languages for characters and if the PC doesn't share a language with NPC's then they can't communicate, at least not without someone or something translating.

    please will someone invest in GSC. this is the leading edge of FPS. these devs need to be kept together. stalker 2 will kick arse

    best fps series bar none

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