Vostok, the studio formed by many former GSC Gameworld employees tried to secure the rights to S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, according to a report at Eurogamer. Ultimately the new studio failed to secure the rights and simply decided that it would be better off moving on to something that fans of that game series might consider playing. Vostok's Oleg Yavorsky told Eurogamer that it had hoped to save the follow-up to the popular PC shooter from the scrap heap but that task proved to be impossible.
"In December 2011 Sergiy Grygorovych – the owner of GSC Game World – decided to close down the company, for his personal reasons as he explained to the team. Effectively, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 development was stopped therefore," explained Yavorsky. "The team was at a choice of either going to seek employment opportunities elsewhere, or stick together and try to attract external funding and secure the IP rights to be able to complete S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2. We chose the latter option and this is how the new studio ultimately emerged."
"As developers of the game, we were certainly eager to continue with S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 and finish the project. However, after a month or so of negotiations, we did not reach agreement with the rights owner to continue developing under the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. brand. Alas."
Although the Stalker franchise is dead in the water, Vostok hopes that its spirit will live on in its first game, Survarium, which was announced earlier this week. Survarium is a free-to-play online shooter for PC set for a release in 2013.