The development of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 has been full of ups and downs, and just when you were starting to feel reassured, it has taken a sad, not-entirely-unexpected turn. Developer GSC Game World was unable to reach an agreement with the rights owner of the brand and has since formed an independent studio called Vostok Games.
As a result of this, the long-awaited sequel is "frozen" indefinitely and the team is now working on a free-to-play MMOFPS dubbed Survarium. Yeah, I'm more than a little worried about how this will turn out too -- but not because of the premise. The setting itself sounds delightfully dark.
"The concept of Survarium is a next evolution step for the idea of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. we've been working on for the last ten years," writes Project Lead Ruslan Didenko. Survarium will go way further forcing mankind to fight for survival not only within the closed area of Chernobyl zone, but also far beyond."
Conceptually, the game sounds promising and could surely turn out to be great in the right hands, but the scope of the project has me worried. And yes, the free-to-play part doesn't exactly help. Survarium isn't due out until late 2013, so hopefully Vostok will prove me wrong.