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.