German publisher bitComposer Games report they are to publish GSC Game World’s latest game, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat in the fall:
bitComposer Games has secured the worldwide rights to S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, the next first-person shooter from Ukrainian developer GSC Game World and follow-up to the highly successful S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: … the newest episode seamlessly connects to Shadow of Chernobyl. The release of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat for Windows PC is scheduled for Fall 2009.
This turn of events was largely presaged in GSC Game World utilizing a different publisher for each game in the franchise so far: With Shadow of Chernobyl, they utilized THQ, and Clear Sky was published by Deep Silver respectively. Looking from the outside in, I would personally wager that GSC Game World’s relationship with Deep Silver was marred somewhat by the publisher’s odd insistence on prematurely publishing untested patches for the game - not once but twice - first with 1.5.06 and again with version 1.5.09, further contributing to the pre-existing stigma of the game series’ assumed instabilities.
Though there’s a decided dearth of footage - some twelve screenshots in all - available for this forthcoming prequel at the moment, you can nevertheless take a gander at the game’s official website. bitComposer Games, then, are an all-new company, founded only last March, and are planning to come out with a slew of titles all to be published Q3 2009, including “RACE On“, the obscure “Scorpion: Disfigured” and “The Void”.