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NEWS JUST IN:

Disney acquires license to STALKER.
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SGT. Peppers View Post

Well I guess some stalker is better than none, right?

Yeah, that's what I was thinking too.
post #13 of 19
Can't see this as being too bad. BC published STALKER CoP, and it was pretty good.
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>Excited that STALKER 2 might not be dead after all
>Disappointed after finding out that this has nothing to do with the existing game franchise.

Extremely misleading articles.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Higgins View Post

>Excited that STALKER 2 might not be dead after all
>Disappointed after finding out that this has nothing to do with the existing game franchise.
Extremely misleading articles.

Well, not really. It seems that GSC didn't have the license that bitcomposer acquired, which might indicate that the only ones being able to release games based on "the zone" might be bitcomposer and nobody else.
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post #16 of 19
Update...Getting a different side of the story from this report.
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GSC Game World insists it still holds the sole intellectual property rights to the STALKER game series and the overall brand.

The Ukrainian company said so in a statement released last night in response to reports that independent German publisher bitComposer Entertainment had acquired the rights to make future STALKER game adaptations.

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post #17 of 19
I get the sneaky feeling that this is some sort of back door gambit by bitComposer to claim GSC infringed on the book/movie rights by not properly licensing the source material that inspired the games (even though there are obviously clear differences).

Anyone who knew anything about the book/movie/games knew that bitComposer was blowing smoke with their press release, so either they are incredibly confused, or are trying to confuse on purpose to set the foundation of their claims.
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Well this is confusing. Say they make a game based on the movie, will that cause copyright issues with the existing S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games? Since those are based on the movie/books, one would think so, yet they're not the same copyright. What a mess. redface.gif
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post #19 of 19
IANA Copyright L but I feel there are enough differences for the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. universe to be considered a separate and distinct entity with no infringement on the book/movie.

Spoilers ahoy: (Click to show)
Cause of the Zone:
Book: Aliens!
Game: Chernobyl NPP / C-Consciousness / Noosphere

Number of Zones:
Book: 6 across the globe.
Game: One as far as we know.

Why people go into the Zone:
Book: wish-granting Golden Sphere
Game: wish-granting Wishgranter which is rectangular not spherical wink.gif

Anomalies:
Book: Yup.
Game: Yup. Only the Meat Grinder and Burner anomalies seems to have been lifted 100% verbatim.

Mutants:
Book: Nope.
Game: Yup.

Number of people in the Zone:
Book: Very few.
Game: Quite a lot.

Obviously it is heavily inspired by the book and movie, but whether that means it infringes or not, I don't know.
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