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GSC Game World, the Ukrainian video game developer formed in 1995 and went defunct in 2011, has announced that they are back in business. They are best known for their Cossacks and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series of games.

In an interview with gamesindustry.biz, they talked about recent history and the future of GSC. The closure of GSC mostly stemmed from issues during the development of Stalker 2, upon realization that the game would most likely not be a success, the CEO made the decision to stop development. GSC currently has an unannounced game in the works. When questioned if they would be venturing into the free to play or mobile market they responded:

“We’re pretty sure about our fans. The market we’re in is quite old fashioned, they’re not 16 year olds, they’re 25-40 years old. We don’t think free-to-play is the right model for the game we want to make. So we’re making an old-fashioned, full price game, we think our audience will be happy about that. We’re expecting a lot of our old audience!”

Despite rumors that might imply otherwise, GSC Game World and Sergey Grigorovich are the sole owners of all the intellectual property rights to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game series. GSC also said that they still have the engine and assets from S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 so its possible that the unannounced game might still be a new S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game.


John Rozger

John Rozger has a BA in Computer Science and is a fledgling software and video game developer. As a lifelong gamer he enjoys writing about the gaming industry as well as computing and technology.



  • TeLin特林

    Would love to see a “next gen” Stalker Game….

  • Ben Kuyt

    Yes! PC Master Raaaaace!

  • Sebastian Mikulec

    Oh man, another S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game would be amazing. I love that series so much.

  • ArsCortica

    If they are at it, I’d love to see them sueing the hell out of the blokes on Kickstarter who tried to scamm the people with a pseudo-stalker game. Of course people who still use Kickstarter without expecting to be scammed are a bit…innnocent…nowadays, but these people actually got my hopes up before I saw the “content” they were offering.

  • BasedBrazilian

    Absolutely LOVE the stalker series and it makes me very very happy to hear that they are choosing to appeal to a more “Old School” generation. I wish more developers would do that.

    Freemium/ P2W games are just so mega boring…

  • Ben Jeanotte

    That’s good news.