BitComposer, a European publisher headquartered in Germany, has acquired the video game rights to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series from the estate of the Strugatsky brothers. Arkady Strugatsky and his brother Boris, who passed away last month, wrote the novel Roadside Picnic in 1972. It heavily influenced the 1979 film Stalker and subsequently formed the backbone of GSC Game World’s S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl.
The publisher views the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. license as their springboard to more international recognition.
“The acquisition of the S.T.AL.K.E.R. license serves as an important cornerstone for the further international orientation of bitComposer Entertainment,” said Stefan Weyl, who is a member of the company’s executive board. “For us, this brand represents a bridge to an important segment of triple-A products and a milestone in the history of the company.”
Former publisher GSC Game World was working on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 before their closure in April.