STALKER 2 won't be PC exclusive

The formerly robust community of PC game exclusives has just watched another deserter crawl his way out, as GSC Game World has announced that STALKER 2 will be a multi-platform title.

In a short statement, the Ukrainian game developer stated that the sequel to 2007's radioactive hit was now officially in development. However, it looks as though the game uses a new in-house engine that's also console-friendly. "A completely new multi-platform technology developed by GSC will make the core of the game," says the statement.

The game developer joins Crytek in the ranks of PC-exclusive developers who are now opening their arms to the console business. Crysis 2 will now be available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, as well as the PC; a move Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli claimed was mainly a result of rampant online piracy among PC gamers.

Whatever impact piracy has on the sales of PC games, it doesn't seem to have caused any serious damage to GSC Game World.

The developer claims the PC-exclusive STALKER series - which includes newer titles such as Clear Sky and Call of Pripyat - has sold over four million official copies worldwide.

As a result of the strong sales, GSC Game World's CEO Sergiy Grygorovych said the developer "had no doubts left to start creating a new big game in the STALKER universe." He added that the game "will be the next chapter of the mega-popular game players expect from us."

Following an almost Duke Nukem Forever-style series of delays, the original STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl took four years to appear after the first screenshots were released in 2003. However, GSC Game World reckons the sequel will be done and dusted at some point in 2012.