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.