A 360 and PS3 game based on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series depends on how successful upcoming PC-only prequel S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky proves as well as how fast developer GSC Game World can master console development.
Speculation that a console version of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is in the works has run high following the GSC Game World's certification to make Xbox 360 games last November. At the time, Sergiy Grygorovych, the CEO of GSC Game World, said the team was "prepared to garner the top spots in sales charts and gamers' recognition in the world of console games".
Speaking to VideoGamer.com at a press event for Clear Sky, GSC Game World's Oleg Yavorsky, who described the consoles as "basically a platform to let you earn some cash for the company", said that the team has "plans" for new IP it might release on consoles but "it's too early to talk about it".
He said: "With PC you can really get your heart and soul into the game, you can do whatever you want and it's still the most powerful platform, it's constantly developing. With consoles it's basically a platform to let you earn some cash for the company. That's what it is. So you have to sacrifice certain things to be able to survive.
"We received all the necessary permissions and licenses and dev kits and we're just starting to get familiar with the technology. It's a different type of development you need to do, lots of things to comply with, restrictions of the consoles. We are experimenting at the moment. But the plan is to bring something to the console later. Clear Sky is going to be PC only. Later on it depends on how successful and how fast we can master it."
Yavorsky said that the developer may license "someone else's engine" to bring S.T.A.L.K.E.R. to the consoles. When asked whether the team planned to do a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. console game or a new game he replied: "I don't know yet. We have some plans for other IPs too, but it's too early to talk about it."
While all you console owners wait for GSC to bring their undisputed talents to the consoles, why not check out our first-look preview of upcoming PC-only prequel S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky?