S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Is Officially Dead; Reborn as Survarium

Despite showing some recent signs of life, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is officially dead. However, the team behind the game has risen from the ashes as Vostok Games and isn’t finished with the post-apocalyptic genre.

The official S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Twitter account revealed:

While the devs couldn’t find funding for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, pitching the idea of similarly-themed game set in the free-to-play online FPS world got them the backing they needed. This new project, Survarium, is set in a near-future Earth and focuses on a mass-scale ecological catastrophe.

UPDATE: The following tweet reveals that funding wasn’t the issue, but rather securing the IP rights:

Lead Game Designer Aleksey Sytianov said:

“Technology versus nature, rational versus mystical. Such a confrontation enables us to take a new look at the current happenings in our world. Survarium will offer players an atmospheric world of civilization crash, filled with factions and loners, stalkers and hunters surviving in a wild anomalous environment.”

Check out Vostok Games Developer’s Diary #1:

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. as an F2P MMOFPS… What do you think?

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7 Comments on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Is Officially Dead; Reborn as Survarium

Tiagonal

On April 25, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I’ll keep blaming it to THQ!! … but you, Vostok, you’ve already seen the wonders the OnLive Ring has… It has kept the Zone alive.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

On April 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm

It wasn’t a funding issue GameFront, it was the fact they couldn’t secure the IP rights.

https://twitter.com/#!/gscstalker/status/195212465192177664

CJ Miozzi

On April 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm

@S.T.A.L.K.E.R.:

Thanks! Updating the story.

Friar

On April 25, 2012 at 10:03 pm

That sucks. I liked the STALKER series, I own 2 of the 3 stalker titles, skipped Clear Sky. I must say I’m sad to see it die, especially over IP rights issues. Hopefully the stalker spirit can live on in Survarium. At least everyone will be able to enjoy it, if it is released as a F2P! =) Just please, for the love of god, do not make it a Pay2Win game, those are the worst games out there. I would rather have to buy a game, than have a good Free2Play game ruined by a Pay2Win cash shop.

Sreiber

On April 25, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Also, in video is said that they found investor. Some Ukraine company

Earl Z. Madness

On April 26, 2012 at 10:37 am

As long as the spirit of STALKER lives, I’ll give it the chance

Sreiber

On April 26, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Also, can we call ir S.U.R.V.A.R.I.U.M.? :D