Rumor about Bethesda Buying S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Franchise Is Bogus
No, Bethesda is not trying to acquire the IP rights to every post-apocalyptic franchise that exists in order to presumably create STALKOUT: New Wasteland. Reports from Kotaku suggested S.T.A.L.K.E.R. creator and GSC boss Sergei Grigorovich had issued a statement that claimed the rights to the series were sold to Bethesda.
However, official word from the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. folks have debunked this rumor.
A message on the official S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Facebook page states:
“There is no truth to the allegations that the Stalker rights have been sold to Bethesda. The rights belong to Sergiy Grygorovych, the founder of GSC Game World.”
The comments that sparked the rumor originally appeared on a Russian fansite and were translated via Google Translator (which we all know delivers remarkably accurate results).
The franchise remains officially dead, but it will live on through its spiritual successor Survarium.