Ukrainian-based video game developer has officially cancelled the production of STALKER 2, the full sequel to the 2007 title STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl.

The game was announced in August 2010 with its release scheduled for this year but it has been in the doldrums since last year when the GSC studio head Sergiy Grygorovych announced that development was cancelled and the studio was shutting down.

It was a temporary decision, however, as in January the team announced it would continue the work on the title.

Yet, it would seem that it was just a glimmer of hope for STALKER 2 as GSC said through its Twitter account: "Despite no official continuation of STALKER 2. It looks like the ideas and spirit will live on in the team's new game – Survarium".

GSC subsequently changed its name to Vostok games and is now working on the new title, a massively multiplayer online (MMO) first person shooter that will be free-to-play.

It looks as if Survarium will be a spiritual successor to the STALKER games as it is set in a post-apocalyptic world equipped with the familiar sounding mutants, factions and anomalies.

The 2007 original took place in a zone surrounding the Chernobyl power plant in the wake of a nuclear holocaust. It saw players embark on a non-linear campaign to find out the protagonist's identity amid scavenging for survival and fighting off mutants and other human survivors.

While it may be stylistically similar, Survarium will no doubt depart from the STALKER series with its MMO elements.

Fans of STALKER may be disappointed that they are unlikely to find the same sense of isolation in Survarium when there are thousands of other players running around the world alongside them.

A statement on the game's official website reads: "Impassable woods advance onto cities from every side, maddened animals and birds attack industrial complexes, military structures, warehouses and power plants. Strange plants and mushrooms grow through concrete and steel."

"Scientists all over the world haplessly try to cope with the anomaly sprawling across the Earth with terrifying speed. Countries collapse, anarchy spreads throughout the world. Now force dictates who to survive."

Fans of STALKER will have a long time to wait to see how Survarium compares and if it lives up to its spiritual predecessor's legacy; it's scheduled for release at the end of 2013.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801350403-ADNFCR
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