GSC Game World looks to be getting a controversial issue out of the way even before a single screenshot from its next game, Stalker 2, is shown: the game will require the player to remain connected at all times.
This according to studio founder Sergey Grigorovich who freely admits that “permanent Internet access is required.”
That’s because, he explains, the game actually goes to the server to get certain information: “Part of the content will be located on the server and downloaded as the game progresses. Text information, code and quests will be loaded through that connection.”
It doesn’t sound like this is done specifically to keep away pirates then. GSC seems to sport a different attitude on the subject: “If people can not afford a licensed version, it is to our advantage if they download a pirated copy, and then want to buy a license,” he said. “In Ukraine, there are different products that people love so much that they buy a license in principle. We want to create just such a product.”
Still, prepare to stay connected when playing the single-player game; it’s expected to ship next year, for PC and consoles.