GSC Game World
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GSC Game World is 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 is S.T.A.L.K.E.R., a survival shooter that was in development for seven years, first released in March 2007. They are 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.
Following initial reports in 2011 stating that their upcoming project, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, had been cancelled, GSC tweeted a complete denial of the cancellation as well as denying rumours that the studio had closed its doors. However, they then deleted the tweet and later said an official comment would be made on 12 December 2011. They stated, "We will do our best to continue. However, at this moment, nothing is certain." On 23 December 2011 it was revealed that they are continuing to develop S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2.
On May 15, 2012, a Russian blog posted an interview with one of the executives of GSC Game World. He revealed that GSC is not closed and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. brand still belongs to GSC. On the same day, during a live interview it was revealed that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is put on indefinite hold until the head of GSC finds a new developer team and investors.
Titles developed by GSC Game World
- 2001 — Codename: Outbreak
- 2001 — Cossacks: European Wars
- 2002 — Cossacks: Art of War
- 2002 — Cossacks: Back to War
- 2003 — Hover Ace
- 2003 — American Conquest
- 2003 — American Conquest: Fight Back
- 2004 — Alexander
- 2004 — Firestarter
- 2005 — Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars
- 2006 — Cossacks II: Battle for Europe
- 2006 — Heroes of Annihilated Empires
- 2007 — S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl
- 2008 — S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky
- 2009 — S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
- Indefinite Hold — S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2
Xbox 360 Developer rights
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 which however, was later cancelled.
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