Rejoice, fans of incredibly difficult, Eastern European-developed first-person shooters! Today, German-based publisher bitComposer Entertainment announced that they've acquired the rights to GSC's S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series and that more installments will be made. So, my friends, prepare to once again pound your keyboards in frustration.
The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series is loosely based on Roadside Picnic, a Russian science fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. It’s comprised of three games – Shadow of Chernobyl, Clear Sky, Call of Pripyat. Each of them presented a non-linear storyline that took place in Chernobyl after a second nuclear incident. Another installment was planned by GSC; however, it was canceled in April, 2012. The company decided to focus their efforts on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-esque MMORPG, Survarium.
“The acquisition of the S.T.AL.K.E.R. license serves as an important cornerstone for the further international orientation of bitComposer Entertainment AG,” says bitComposer’s Stefan Weyl, member of the bitComposer Entertainment AG executive board. “For us, this brand represents a bridge to an important segment of triple-A products and a milestone in the history of the company. We would like to express our gratitude to Boris Natanovich Strygatsky.”
It’ll be interesting to see where this series goes next. Did you get a chance to play through the originals? If so, will you be checking out the sequel?
Trailer for S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: The Shadow of Chernobyl: