GSC Game World
's president, Sergey Grigorovitch has revealed that not only is there a third instalment to the popular S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series in the works, but it will be released this autumn.
Since last November, it was widely believed
* that the next game would be called S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Apocalyptic and would utilise the CryEngine2 game engine used in the Crysis series of games rather than the X-ray engine from Shadow of Chernobyl and Clear Sky.
However, in an online conference
* earlier this week, Grigorovitch was asked whether the April 2009 calendar
featuring the words 'Call of Pripyat' in Russian was an April Fools' joke.
* that this was not a joke and would be the name of the second expansion. He added
* that this new expansion will be released later this year. Furthermore, a full S.T.A.L.K.E.R. title is also in development, although there's currently no information on when we will hear more about this.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl was released in March 2007 after a long time in development and frequent delays. The standalone prequel, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky was released in September 2008 with severe stability issues that made the game unplayable even on high end systems. Most of the game-breaking bugs have since been patched (currently to v1.5.08
), but players still report problems and severe graphical issues that were not present in v1.5.04
We're a little sceptical about another S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game being released so soon, particularly with the series' track record. We're also wondering why this hasn't been announced already, especially if S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat is expected this year.
|* Thanks to Decl for translating|