bitComposer Entertainment AG has acquired exclusive worldwide rights for future game adaptions of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Certainly good news for fans of the franchise, as it’s been nearly three years since the third entry, Call of Pripyat, and a new, seemingly excited publisher bodes will for future entries expediency.
“Generic” is probably the best way to describe bitComposer’s properties, with games ranging from “Wildlife Camp Afrikas” to “Jagged Alliance Crossfire”, but the company has been making strides with their acquisitions lately, recently securing the Giana Sisters re-imainging, Twisted Dreams.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is one of those oddball franchises that has put out multiple crtically acclaimed games over the course of half a decade, yet doesn’t have much recognition outside of its core fanbase. The publishers of the original game (which included THQ), Shadow of Chernobyl, put a ton of money into marketing with things like sending gaming media to Pripyat to tour the area and multiple full-page ads in print and online. As THQ dropped out and the following games recieved little marketing, it’s likely that U.S. sales were not up to snuff.
Still, with it apparently being a well-known franchise overseas and the fact that it carries more name recognition than “Drakensang Online”, it’s certainly a big acquisition for the company.