Rumor: Bethesda has the rights for a STALKER title

Discussion in 'NMA News and Information' started by WorstUsernameEver, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. WorstUsernameEver

    WorstUsernameEver But best title ever!

    May 28, 2010
    Rock, Paper, Shotgun reports that Ukrainian blogger Sergey Galyonkin claims that Bethesda has the rights to publish a STALKER title. Since I can't read Ukrainian I can't exactly vouch for that, but at the very least the words "Bethesda" and "STALKER" appear, so they're not talking about Chinese dishes.

    This is not the first time the rumor of Bethesda trying to get their hands on the STALKER franchise has appeared, and while that doesn't necessarily mean it's true, it at least means that it's a persistent rumor.

    EDIT: Our own Sam Ecorners has translated the post from Galyonkin:<blockquote>"To start, everything I've written below is based on information from very reliable sources that I fully trust, however, it is not official. Please keep that in mind.

    Sergey Grigorovich did not, in fact, sell STALKER brand.

    Bethesda, however, is publishing a STALKER game and has all the rights to do so.

    The game is being developed for multiple platforms (consoles and PC) based on Bethesda's technology, by a studio familiar with that technology. It might be Obsidian or the Fallout 3 team in Bethesda, but not necessarily. The important bit is that it is not a Ukrainian studio, almost 100% guaranteed.

    Bethesda will be able to buy out the entire brand from Grigorovich, not just for games, but so far, all side merchandise is his responsibility.
    For example, a few days ago a comic book based on the universe was released.

    Release date, technology, details about the game are all unknown to me at this moment.

    Update: I can see that there are still questions about rights separation. TL/DR: Bethesda - a game, Grigorovich - everything else( books, movies, merchandise) but Bethesda can buy everything from Grigorovich later, just like they did with Fallout.

    Update 2: Bethesda refused to comment on this information."</blockquote>UPDATE 2: Computer and Videogame's associate editor Rob Crossley claimed on Twitter that the rumor isn't true

    Update 3: GSC social media manager states the rumors are false.<blockquote>the news that #Bethesda purchased the #Stalker rights is false. I hear anything new, you will all be the first to know! as far as I know Sergiy still owns the rights and the requirement for him to sell are VERY high including shares in whatever company buys them as well as who develops the game. This aside from the money it would cose. however, perhaps it could be true but as far as I have been able to find out, its false.</blockquote>
  2. monsharen

    monsharen Testament to the ghoul lifespan
    Staff Member Admin Orderite Board Cop oTO

    Apr 2, 2005
    Thanks WUE and Sam! Will be interesting to follow the news regarding Stalker once again.
  3. Sam Ecorners

    Sam Ecorners Vault Senior Citizen

    Jan 23, 2007
    Just so it's clear this is a direct translation, so it's as semi-legible as is the OP.
  4. Sub-Human

    Sub-Human -

    May 31, 2011
    Time to ruin another series!
  5. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    Time to Whine!
  6. FearMonkey

    FearMonkey Vault Senior Citizen

    Oct 12, 2011
    They should just call it Fallout: Chernobyl and then they'd sell a billion million copies. :|
  7. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all

    Apr 3, 2003
    Honestly, what would make the most sense to me here is if this is a simple buyout to remove a competitor. Ensure no more STALKER games are published to cut down competition of their own post-apocalyptic FPSs Fallout and Rage.

    Or they REALLY love post-apocalyptic-esque games and are going to finish and publish STALKER 2. If so, it'll probably suck.
  8. Sam Ecorners

    Sam Ecorners Vault Senior Citizen

    Jan 23, 2007
    It's more that they are used to relying on existing franchises in their PR.
  9. Paul_cz

    Paul_cz Mildly Dipped

    Jun 11, 2008
    Ideal outcome would be if they took Stalker 2, gave it to MachineGames (ex-starbreeze) to finish. That way it might actually be good, starbreeze were some talented folks.

    I love Stalker series, so it would be nice for the franchise not to be dead.
  10. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    It says they can will develop/Publish/whatever A Stalker Game, then again, they were supposed to only make 3 Fallout games, and now the IP is theirs.
  11. WorstUsernameEver

    WorstUsernameEver But best title ever!

    May 28, 2010
  12. TaapLuup

    TaapLuup First time out of the vault

    May 11, 2010
    That is what I am hoping for myself.

    I can only see two paths for this game with Bethesda 1) They try to be "innovative" and make another trash game like Rage or 2) They turn STALKER into another Fallout 3 game, either way it doesn't look pretty.
  13. Sam Ecorners

    Sam Ecorners Vault Senior Citizen

    Jan 23, 2007
  14. Hassknecht

    Hassknecht For hate's sake. Staff Member Admin Orderite Board Cop oTO

    Aug 16, 2010
    Now that's just fucking awesome -.-
    Not that GSC would have been any better (frankly, they deserved being put out of business), but Bethesda? I still hope that Stalker 2 will utilize the CryEngine 3.
  15. tekhedd

    tekhedd Hoarding ammo IS gameplay

    Oct 28, 2008
    1) kick puppy
    2) repeat 1 until puppy starts to cry
    3) make fun of puppy, because it is whining
  16. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    My saturday routine.
  17. dev

    dev Still Mildly Glowing

    Sep 25, 2004
    i had a dream where bethesda had rights to all games that i love...
  18. Radman

    Radman It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Jul 12, 2007
    You sure it was a dream?


    Was it a nightmare...

    The mind is capable of some truly horrifying thoughts at times.
  19. Per

    Per Vault Consort Staff Member Admin

    Apr 1, 2004
    Possibly independent sources = JOURNALISTIC STANDRDZ
  20. Morbus

    Morbus Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Aug 16, 2006
    I kind of wish this rumor to be true, if I'm honest. A Bethesda STALKER would be worse than the released STALKERs on so many levels it would be funny as hell.

    But of course the rumor isn't true: based on Bethesda technology? ilold