S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Developers' Next Game Is Multiplayer-Focused

What people loved most about GSC Game World's S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise were the lonely, post-apocalyptic landscapes that the game let you wander through. But S.T.A.L.K.E.R.'s dead now and things are going to be different in the world being built by the former developers of that franchise won't be quite as sparsely populated.

As previously reported, members of the GSC Game World team have reformed as Vostok games and are working on a new free-to-play online shooter called Survarium. Why didn't they make a new single-player game, with all the acclaim they received for the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise? An article at Gamasutra quotes project manager Ruslan Didenko, who says:

"What we realised is that while we had been preoccupied with delivering single player titles one by one, the world changed, and we have to change too. Therefore, we decided to take a dramatic step and switch to online."

Survarium will reportedly feature smaller multiplayer space, but with the same post-apocalyptic focus as the creators' previous work:

"We've worked on post-apocalyptic games for so long that it is beyond our powers to create something completely different in the near future. On top of that, we've got a colossal amount of ideas that will be impossible to bury in our consciousness. We treat Survarium as an heir to S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Similar to that series, we still want to pay much attention to the atmosphere and visuals."

You'll have to wait until next year to see just how much of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. DNA makes into this new game. Hopefully, it'll be a different kind of end-of-days creepy.

With S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 dead, its developers turned to multiplayer games to survive [Gamasutra]


Comments

    I hope they take notes from the now very successful DayZ mod for ArmA 2

    Hopefully it will be an Xbox 360 exclusive with Kinect "gameplay". Games are so much better now that they lack any intelligence and artistic integrity. Why pay for boring games like Amnesia: The Dark Descent, The Witcher series or Dishonored when you can buy Black Ops 2 Electric Boogaloo and map packs or this soon to be formed bowel movement.

    Free to play? Urgh.
    Why do I get the feeling the decision to change the game and head to f2p model is probably being dictated by whoever bought them out. Assuming someone bought them out, considering they were dead in the water essentially.

    Who knows, it could be good, but I have this feeling it'll be underwhelming and get lost amongst all the other titles. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. stood out purely because it was unique. It had it's quirks, but it oozed character and atmosphere.

    A shame, really - the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise is one of the most underrated FPS games of recent times.

    RIP S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

    This is great, don't you guys love how much better quality you get from all the current F2P games?

    I remember being tempted by STALKER and thinking why would anyone want to play this rubbish when they could be playing Farmville?

    Nice to see you guys were quick as bunnies on this. They stated this in a developer video blog months ago.

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