Neoseeker : News : Areal revealed from ex-S.T.A.L.K.E.R. developers [Update: Fraud accusations gain credence]
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kin333x Jun 23, 14
OMG! I have been waiting for them to surface with something!

Bluexy do you think you could keep me up to date with this?
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bluexy Jun 23, 14
kin33x Sure thing man. I'll update when the Kickstarter goes live.
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kin333x Jun 24, 14
They raised to the goal to $50k, its not longer $30k. That feels more right $30k seemed kinda weird to me.
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Shadow of Death Jun 24, 14
I'll play the wait and see game myself.

Incidentally bluexy, they went for $50K goal rather than $30K, though either way it's a bit low, yes. Supposedly the team is putting their own time and money into the development, so the $50K could be just to keep them afloat for the time it takes to make the project ready for Early Access or something.

Or it could be a scam, whichever.
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kin333x Jun 24, 14
quote Shadow of Death
I'll play the wait and see game myself.

Incidentally bluexy, they went for $50K goal rather than $30K, though either way it's a bit low, yes. Supposedly the team is putting their own time and money into the development, so the $50K could be just to keep them afloat for the time it takes to make the project ready for Early Access or something.

Or it could be a scam, whichever.
I could be a scam but i really want it to be real, do you have any idea how long i have been waiting for any news like this?

But i will not be pledging any money till later on after there is some more info.
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bluexy Jun 24, 14
kin333x Shadow of Death Careful about this one guys. Vostok is now warning that there's fraud involved.
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kin333x Jun 25, 14
quote bluexy
kin333x Shadow of Death Careful about this one guys. Vostok is now warning that there's fraud involved.
Wow thats not good.

Edit: I just looked at the comments and one of the misery devs are pretty sure this is a scam. If they don't show show actual proof of concept this is going to the rat hole.
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kin333x Jun 25, 14
https://forum.survarium.com/en/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=3450&start=20

Oleg Yavorsky - PR Director of Vostok Games (Former GSC Game World PR Director)

"So that you understand, over the years of development of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and then Metro series, there have been literally hundreds of people involved in working on various bits and pieces, starting from beta-testers up to modellers responsible for certain weapon models. Many people came to the studio to work for a few months just for the sake of adding “S.T.A.L.K.E.R. development” to their portfolio. Frequently they claimed afterwards to be the 'core' developers behind the game - you wouldn't know anyway, right?). Yet, my biggest concern is that West Games are using the footage and assets of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and representing them as their own, which is not only illegal, but simply just not right. I guess it's all made for the sake of getting extra publicity (which unfortunately works), but guys on Kickstarter should probably pay attention"
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Henry Martin Jun 25, 14
Hi guys, just to confirm, this is a fraud right?!
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bluexy Jun 25, 14
quote Henry Martin
Hi guys, just to confirm, this is a fraud right?!
No one is entirely sure at this point, but there's mounting evidence (or rather, a lack of supporting evidence for Areal) that it is a scam - yes.
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kin333x Jun 25, 14
Vostok Games has withdrawn their accusation and deleted the thread i linked up above. It might actually not be a fraud.

Edit: To be more clear West Games contacted Vostok or Vostok contacted them and stuff was cleared up.
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ashantiqua Jun 25, 14
uh oh spaghettios

"Many people came to the studio to work for a few months just for the sake of adding “S.T.A.L.K.E.R. development” to their portfolio. Frequently they claimed afterwards to be the 'core' developers behind the game - you wouldn't know anyway, right?"

the world is full of fags* taking the credit of others.

*not the homophobic slur

reminds me of another quote: "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing"
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