Bethesda has no comment on a rumor circulating this morning that it purchased the game rights to the popular action game series S.T.A.L.K.E.R. The rumor was started by Ukrainian blogger Sergey Galyonkin, who cited a "very reliable source" close to the situation. The reason that many media outlets have run with this particular rumor is because Galyonkin has proven to be a reliable source himself in the past when it comes to things GSC Gameworld-related. He predicted that trouble within the studio before it became public earlier in the year.
Galyonkin went on say that Bethesda only bought the rights to S.T.A.L.K.E.R., while GSC founder Sergei Grigorovich has retained the rights to create books, films, and other merchandise based on the franchise.
Bethesda had no comment on the story, and while Galyonkin's headline for the post inferred that the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 project had been "picked up" by Bethesda, the text of his article didn't seem to indicate that fact.
We'll have more on this story as it develops.