If you were lucky enough to get S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
demoed for you at this year's E3, you saw a lot of changes from what
the game was supposed to be. From being forced to eat and sleep to a
large focus on vehicles, the original title promised a lot. What the
game is doing now is much different, and GSC isn't scared to tell you
about it. There's a good writeup on the E3 content at Atomicmpc,
and it's worth a read to see what they dropped and how they're integrating
more scripted content into the game instead of a more open-ended world.
While that's a little disappointing, what would be even more
disappointing is waiting for five more years before playing a finished
After E3, rumors about the game starting flying around, and now there's a post in the GSC forum that takes them on one by one. Some are truer than others: sleep is now moved to areas away from the firefights, vehicles will be limited, the AI is still a priority. You do get a sense of desperation from the end of the post though.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. has been in production for a long time. Will make it 5 years overall. On S.T.A.L.K.E.R. we made every possible mistake one could make. Every possible fault to do was done. This is why we are not fuming to see indignant threads on forums – we’re to blame after all. Once the project is done we could release a book ‘The ways you don’t want to make your games’. Why so long and what are the reasons? The most correct answer would be – it is very big and complex. 5 years ago nobody on the team had experience to create a project of such level, and “experience is a son of tough mistakes” as the saying goes. After all, however, we are on the finishing line. We want to release S.T.A.L.K.E.R. in a way to bring you fun and justify the long wait. Thanks to everyone genuinely supporting the project. We love S.T.A.L.K.E.R. It’s our child. A problem child . And you will meet it soon.
I'm really looking forward to this game; it still looks promising. Hopefully they've learned from their mistakes and come up with something that will be worth playing. Will that happen? I'm not sure. It'll certainly be interesting to see.