Bethesda Softworks has picked up the publishing rights for Sergei Grigorovich's S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. That's the rumor anyway, based on what a "very reliable source" told Ukrainian blogger and marketing professional Sergey Galyonkin (via All Games Beta). Forget the grain; take this news with a shaker full of salt for now.
GSC Game World developed the original game and its expansions, and it was working on the sequel until word of the game being canceled came out. GSC reaffirmed at the start of 2012 that development on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 was indeed still underway, but an April posting on the game's Facebook page turned around again and confirmed the cancellation.
Now, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is up in the air. The new rumor suggests that development on the sequel is being picked up by a non-Ukrainian studio, and that the game will be powered by Bethesda tech.