A group of developers who claim to have worked on titles in the popular STALKER series, have formed a new studio called West-Games with plans to develop a spiritual sequel. But shortly after launching a Kickstarter for the game "Areal," the freshly formed Las Vegas studio has run into a few problems – namely being called out by Vostok Games.
Vostok Games is one of the companies that was formed from the ashes of GSC Gameworld, the company that made the original series. They claim that West-Games had nothing to do with directly creating the STALKER series and that their claims of being part of the development team are false.
In a statement to Gamasutra, Vostok Games said that its legal team has contacted West-Games about their claims and for using art and other assets from the Stalker series in its Kickstarter appeal.
Vostok PR manager Oleg Yavorsky also told Eurogamer that they are deeply concerned with the use of assets from the game:
"My biggest concern with West-Games is using the footage and assets of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and representing them as their own, which is not only illegal, but simply just not right."
The negative press from this whole ordeal is having some effect on the Kickstarter, with several backers claiming that they reduced their donations and will "wait and see what happens."
We will have more on this story as it develops.