Bethesda-S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Rumour Resurfaces, But No One's Talking

In April we fielded a confusing rumour about game developer Sergei Girgorovich supposedly selling the rights to his development team's acclaimed S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series to Bethesda, which brought us Fallout 3. But a Bethesda rep no-commented and the official S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Facebook page said that Girgorovich "has not sold the IP rights to anyone".

Here we go again.

Via PC gaming news experts Rock Paper Shotgun comes a report that the same blogger who called the cancellation of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 now says Bethesda has nabbed the rights to the game series — though somehow without Girgorovich selling them the rights to the whole S.T.A.L.K.E.R. world (just giving them the ability to make S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games).

What's Bethesda have to say about the rumour the second time over? "We don't comment on rumours or speculation," a rep told Kotaku today.

And what about the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Facebook page this time? This was posted there about an hour ago: "Attention Stalkers: I will get clarification on the "Bethesda purchasing the rights to Stalker" and let you all know as soon as possible!"

QuakeCon, the official convention for id Software and Bethesda, starts this weekend. That would be a good time for this rumour to either be confirmed or debunked by one of the many Bethesda folks who will be at the show.


    I sincerely hope not... One of the reasons I loved S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
    so much (Apart from being able to play the game in Russian
    language) was due to the fact of how unique it was, the atmosphere
    is unmatched compared to any western game... It was uniquely
    Eastern European made by people who lived in the USSR and witnessed
    the fear of the Chernobyl disaster first hand... Bethesda will ruin

    This would be most unfortunate. Bethesda can't make a decent
    Fallout game. There's nothing to suggest they could do better at
    making a S.T.A.L.K.E.R game.

      I love fallout 3 and Vegas. I chewed those games up and digested them for a 1000 years. but I have to agree with you that there was something intrinsically missing from the games, something that made me internally disappointed. I think i yearned for a much bigger sandbox. I wanted to roam across the entire US. I wanted to find survior colonys. Help them. I wanted to find civilisation rebuilding and not a world in constant ruin. I wanted to see something new a'la the Spider World series by Colin Wilson. The narrative in Fallout & New Vega's was just a bit too depressing, and yeah they had some quests that talked about the world becoming a better place but it just felt contrived and limited.

      I would have loved being able to journey from Nevada to Washington. Find my other character in Washington mashing it up with super mutants.

      I was also a bit disappointed with the 50s throw back to everything. It just limited the game so much, especially the music.

      So yeah for S.T.A.L.K.E.R would they just throw some skins over a fallout/skyrim engine. Probably....would it be better. meh, would it sell zillions. Sure.

        I actually quite enjoyed New Vegas. But Bethesda didn't make that game. Obsidian did.
        Fallout 3 was made by Bethesda, and I loathed it. It just felt so....bland and empty. There just wasn't enough to do, and it felt like I was being railroaded along the main story.

          Perhaps you are getting Bethesda Softworks and Bethesda Game Studios mixed up.
          Even if it doesn't live up to the other STALKER games it won't somehow retroactively make them worse.
          A STALKER game running on id Tech 5 could be a beautiful thing.

    I love Stalker, its a great series, but without the original team working on it, i can see it being the same... Bethesda make great games, but i dont want them making another Stalker... Even if its good, it wont be the same thing... Just let the series die, im totally fine with that

    Yeah that completely optional main story really railroaded you

    Nice to see some totally level-headed Kotaku commentors complaining about some of the best games in the past decade.

    I'm a fan of both Bethesda and the STALKER game series, but I kinda have to agree that a Bethesda-developed STALKER would likely be disappointing to me. Even if it was really iD that took it over, I just don't see it ending well. STALKER games are very unique, and while I love me some DOOM and Elder Scrolls, neither of those games are anything like STALKER in terms of style.

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