STALKER 2’s developers in Ukraine are urging fans to stay away from leaks in the wake of recent cyberattacks.
Ukrainian game developer GSC Game World has confirmed that it has suffered a series of cyberattacks by, “a community from a Russian social network,” who are threatening to use the stolen data for, “blackmail and intimidation.” The developer is currently working on STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl while still being based in Ukraine, with many members of its team currently participating in war efforts to combat Russia’s ongoing invasion of the country.
STALKER 2 was first revealed in 2020, after 10 years of languishing in development hell following the launch of the horror franchise’s previous entry STALKER: Call of Pripyat. During the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, GSC announced that the game’s development would be affected due to members of its team either fleeing their homes or joining the Ukrainian military. Eventually, development on the game was moved to Prague, Czech Republic.
GSC tweeted that this recent security breach is not even the first the team has suffered since Russia’s invasion.