PR manager of GSC Game World Zakhar Bocharov in his microblog shared good news for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. fans: one of the developers of the first part joined the sequel team.
We are talking about Dmitry Yasenev, whom Bocharov called “one of the key” programmers S.T.A.L.K.E.R .: Shadow of Chernobyl and two independent additions to it – Clear Sky and Call of Pripyat.
At GSC Game World, Yasenev took the position of a lead programmer, but his terms of reference were not specified. In the case of the first part, the developer is credited with creating the A-Life “life simulation” system.
Yasenev worked at GSC Game World for more than nine years – from 2002 (artificial intelligence programmer) through 2011 (leading programmer), after which he moved to Vostok Games.
In the studio-developer SURVARIUM, the programmer was listed until October 2018. Since then, before returning to GSC Game World, Yasenev managed to leave Aurora Technologies, Dragon`s Lake Entertainment and Memsql.
Regarding S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, then its developers had to switch to remote mode because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this, production is progressing even faster than planned.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is confirmed only for PC and so far has only an approximate release date – according to Bocharov, the game will definitely go on sale “before the end of the century.” In March 2020, the authors shared their debut screenshot.