GSC Game World

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GSC Game World
Former type Private
Industry Video game
Successors 4A Games
Vostok Games
West Games
Founded 1995 (1995)
Defunct December 9, 2011 (2011-12-09)
Headquarters Kiev, Ukraine
Key people Sergei Grigorovich
Products Video games

GSC Game World was a Ukrainian video game developer. Founded in 1995 in Kiev, Ukraine, it released titles such as Cossacks: European Wars, American Conquest, Alexander, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat. In 2004, GSC Game World founded the publishing branch GSC World Publishing.

GSC Game World's most successful game series was S.T.A.L.K.E.R., a survival shooter that was in development for seven years, and finally released in March 2007. It is also known for the Cossacks series. Most of their titles are published in Europe by Cdv Software Entertainment.

GSC Game World is also the creator of the X-Ray Engine used in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series.

On December 9, 2011, GSC was dissolved.[1] Two new studios were formed by employees who worked on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Vostok Games[2] and 4A Games. In 2013 a new company formed called West Games (formerly Union Studio).[clarification needed]

Titles developed by GSC Game World[edit]

Xbox 360 developer rights[edit]

In November 2007 GSC acquired Xbox 360 developer rights. In September 2009 GSC announced that it will port S.T.A.L.K.E.R. to consoles (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3), however, due to a lack of manpower, they planned to begin with the release of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2[3] which however, was later cancelled.[4]


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