The Russian website Gamepedia, dedicated to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series revealed that Sergey Ivanov, the scriptwriter of the first part of the post-apocalyptic FPS / RPG mix, passed away on November 25, this yea, due to coronavirus-induced COVID-19 infection. He was 66 years old. He was one of the authors of the script for S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. He worked on it for more than two years, until mid-2004, when GSC Game World's game was still known as STALKER: Oblivion Lost. Although he had no influence on the final shape of the game's storyline, some of his ideas survived and were included in the final product.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, which was officially announced in 2001 (under the aforementioned title), appeared, after many years of work, on PC in 2007. The series includes a total of three games, the last of which, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, appeared in late 2009. GSC Game World is currently working on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, which has lived to see not only a full-fledged trailer, but also first details. The launch date of the sequel is not yet known. It is developed for PC and next-gen consoles.