We asked Vostok three questions about the controversy today. First off, we asked about the company possibly filing legal claims against West Games based on the companies use of GSC assets in their Kickstarter page. Oleg Yavorsky of Vostok told us, “We are not in position to file any legal claims against them, it’s up to GSC Game World as the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. IP rights owner.”
I also asked about the proposed phone call that West Games made to Vostok, which Yavorsky confirmed did indeed occur. Yavorsky told me, “Yes, I had a phone call from them today and we talked about their Kickstarter campaign. My concern is them using S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series footage to promote a new IP and their claim of the ‘core S.T.A.L.K.E.R. developers’ involved here. ”
The statement didn’t go into what was talked about over the phone unfortunately, but it at least gives us a confirmation that someone is indeed running the happenings at West Games and that they are aware of the controversy surrounding their project.
Finally, I did ask why the forum post was removed after sites picked up on it, and Yavorsky simply explained, “As for the forum post – it’s pretty simple – we don’t think our game’s forum is a proper place to discuss projects like that.”
I sort of found that statement a little funny considering Yavorsky was the one to create the forum post in the first place. Either way, West Games has promised a video update for tomorrow morning that should, or at least hopefully will provide some extra clarification on the project, the use of GSC assets and so on. Backers are right to be concerned about the project, and we did note in our last story that you should wait to back the game until West Games proves it’s really planning to bring the product their getting funding for.