Oleg Yavorsky of the newly-formed Vostok Games revealed that the development team behind S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 attempted to acquire the rights to the open-world FPS, but were unsuccessful.
Speaking to Eurogamer, Yavorsky said: “In December 2011 Sergiy Grygorovych – the owner of GSC Game World – decided to close down the company, for his personal reasons as he explained to the team. Effectively, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 development was stopped therefore.
“The team was at a choice of either going to seek employment opportunities elsewhere, or stick together and try to attract external funding and secure the IP rights to be able to complete S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2. We chose the latter option and this is how the new studio ultimately emerged.
“As developers of the game, we were certainly eager to continue with S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 and finish the project. However, after a month or so of negotiations, we did not reach agreement with the rights owner to continue developing under the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. brand. Alas.”
Yavorsky also stated that a title they have been working on, called Survarium, will be the next step for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. fans, with the aim being to give Survarium the same feel and atmosphere as a the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise.
“For example, players can expect to see a lot of survival elements, factions, anomalies and so on. We are also open to integrate the players’ community to sharing ideas and feature plans to determine what would be most appreciated by the players in the new game,” he shared.