BitComposer Acquire Stalker Rights, but Not S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Rights?
German publisher bitComposer has acquired the exclusive rights to create future video game adaptations of the 1979 Soviet film Stalker from the late Boris Natanovich Strugatsky — the film adapted from the novel upon which the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game franchise was based.
The press release issued by bitComposer seems to suggest the acquisition of the rights to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise; however, Strugatsky did not hold the rights to the video game. GSC owner Sergiy Grygorovich is the holder of those rights, and he has not sold them.
But the press release clearly uses the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. spelling, rather than the un-punctuated form the film employs. Could it be that bitComposer thought it was purchasing the rights to the video game franchise and will now have to realize this is not the case?