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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2006 10:42 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

[ Game -> Update ] - More info on Company: GSC Game World | More info on Game: S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadows of Chernobyl

I know I promised myself not to post about the long dead STALKER, but this is too good to pass up. According to Gamemag.ru (translation courtesy of Gameguru Mania), THQ had no idea who they were dealing with when partnering with GSC Gameworld and the game has barely left design stage. The whole thing sounds like a bit of a nightmare:

Information about THQ being not satisfied with the situation that developed inside GSC had already reached us before. "They (THQ) didn't even imagine what it's like to work with GSC, - shares with us one of the former members of the company - they didn't even understand who they dealt with. STALKER always was in the state of general design. It's always been a project which was more spoken of than really done." Another source claims that at the end of November THQ made a decision to stop financing the development and to conduct a thorough revision to gain control over the development process. "We don't care what shape the game will ship in anymore, - said one of the THQ bosses to an IGN journalist, - the game must ship in 2006".

In addition to all this last week part of the original STALKER development team was moved to another project and another part was simply made redundant. "These were considerable dismissals," - told the source that still remained a member of the GSC staff, - "I heard that next week a THQ representative will arrive and he is going to stay until the project is finished."

The third source has information that a brand new engine not based on X-ray technology was in the works inside GSC, which could have been used to power renovated STALKER. Almost all of the team left the studio taking the technology created in a few months with them. GSC representatives consider this fact as theft, but former employees refer to "special circumstances". One of the members of the GSC team assumes that STALKER could be taken away along with the source code by the THQ representatives and handed to another team for work on the project. We attempted to contact GSC representatives but failed to receive an answer. THQ representatives commented on the issue drily: "No comments".

It is also reported by some of the developers that THQ was seeking a new studio to finish the game as of a few months ago. Good stuff.

Spotted @ Shacknews

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 12:17 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Haha.


That's too bad, though, I was actually looking forward to STALKER.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 12:30 am Reply with quoteBack to top

From a genre redefining masterpiece, to a comedy and now a parody. Yet again, STALKER sets a new low in the gaming biz.

Fuck it. You were always right, MMRW.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 12:32 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What was up with that playable multiplayer demo they showed off at a bunch of conventions, though?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 12:41 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Maybe it was a simple tech demo showing the graphics engine and some character models, and not the fancy AI and dynamic gameworld stuff, which they apparently never succeeded in implementing to the game.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 1:10 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Are they going to drop dragons from the game? icon_cry
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 4:00 am Reply with quoteBack to top

A multiplayer demo doesn't mean they ever had a real game. Who's doing all the work in multiplayer? YOU. It's another term for tech demo.
After years of development all they have is a pile of outdated technology with zero substance. They admitted it in the last delay when talking about how "unhappy we were with the gameplay mechanics and are revisiting the design" or whatever. That's a fancy way of saying "we made something that looks pretty and sounds good on paper, but we're completely fucking lost at making it work."

Moral of the story: Never trust the Russians.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 4:31 am Reply with quoteBack to top

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 5:16 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I think THQ has said before that it has been hard to stay in touch with a studio thats so far away and in some backwater town or osmething. THQ has to kick some ass and make the ends meet. They should of had a THQ representative over there from the start.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 3:36 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

What's really happening with the game though? Will it still be released?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 4:57 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Maybe in 2007 aiee
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 4:58 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

well it's sort of going to be released this year. though I'm guessing it'll be a buggy piece of shit.

I was about to post this in games.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 7:02 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

S4ur0n27 wrote:
What's really happening with the game though? Will it still be released?


"We don't care what shape the game will ship in anymore, - said one of the THQ bosses to an IGN journalist, - the game must ship in 2006"

Even if it's Tetris with shaders. And RPG elements icon_drunk
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 7:06 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

"RPG Elements" include two distinct stats, Strength, which modifies nothing, and intelligence, which is automatically at zero because you actually puchased this game!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 7:43 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Good old predictable PR guy Oleg denies everything. It's funny how these things are proven as facts a few weeks later.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 9:39 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

GSC: clarifying rumours on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Press-release.
Kiev, 30.01.2006

To clarify the concerns of some fans regarding S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-related rumours to have appeared recently on the net, GSC Game World believes it necessary to explain the following:

1. The project is on the stage of beta approval and is being actively developed in close cooperation with the publisher.
2. The team has undergone certain reductions, particularly in the art section, due to all the graphics-related works being almost complete (out of 40 people 5 were dismissed). None of the leads, programmers and moreover, testers may not be reduced at any time.
3. Regarding the technology leak, none of the designers gone has the rights to the game’s engine (all the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. technologies, including the X-Ray engine and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-2 engine belong to the company). Even if the current or next-generation engine would appear on the net, their legal use is impossible. GSC does not intend to sell its technologies in the nearest time, so as does not intend to postpone the release of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl due to rumours of that kind.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 9:47 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I wonder if Oleg worked for the Iraqi Ministry of Communication.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:11 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

such a shame. One of the most anticipated games of last years, a beautiful shooter with trading and dialogues, oh.... FUCK THAT.

They could've at least release the bloody multiplayer that people were let to play at some shows.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:32 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

problem with demos is that once they're released people expect the entire game not soon afterwards. Just look at Dystopia for HL2. Released their demo, everyone loved it, got tired of playing one map for about 6 months, and then the release another 2 maps, and no-one plays it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 4:31 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What about all the playable demos and stuff that the gaming magazines all said they'd previewed?

Meh. DaC totally called vaporware on this years ago.
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