It appears that hackers gained access to GSC GameWorld’s servers and obtained tens of gigabytes of game material from S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2.
The hackers threaten to leak the game’s full story, artworks, cut-scene description and more on March 15th. That is of course if their demands are not met. In order to prove their claims, the hackers shared some artworks. For obvious reasons, we won’t be sharing them.
Now what’s hilarious about those demands is the second one. This is the first time we see a hacker requesting to be unbanned from Discord. What the bloody hell.
Anyway, below you can find the full message.
“As one of the most established communities in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R community, and certainly the most unique, we decided that we should intervene in the current situation.
We have a huge amount of materials on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, including a full story, cutscenes description, various concept art, global maps and much more. The volume is calculated in tens of gigabytes.
We post part of it right away to show the authenticity of our words. Now back to business, we sincerely don’t want to share all this before the release of the game, because this will probably mean a cancellation or postponement of the game – we don’t want that, especially given some of the successes of Atomic Heart, which is severely disrespected in our group.
Therefore, we offer GSC Game World:
1) change your mind, rethink your attitude towards players from Belarus and Russia, apologize for the unworthy attitude towards ordinary players from these countries. 2) we suggest unbanning the NF Star profile in your official Discord – you banned me for nothing, because of this I had to stop holding back. 3) A separate issue is bringing back the RU-localization. Fans are waiting for it from your official company. Don’t spoil the game for people because of politics.
Until the 15 March we are waiting for changes in the company’s policy towards adequacy and acceptance of your own fans, no matter where they come from, as well as the return of RU-localization, if not by release, then at least in the form of an add-on.
The fact that we have not made all the material available to the public speaks of our friendly attitude towards you, after all your unfriendly actions. Please act appropriately and fix the situation. Don’t let the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. die because of your politicization – stagnation is already felt very seriously, which means it’s time to build relationships with the community.
The leak includes places that are quite familiar to you from a different angle, as well as previously unseen and rather interesting concepts. While we will not give plot spoilers, maybe GSC Game World will hear us and respond correctly – in this case, we will hold the materials until the release of the game.”
Lastly, GSC GameWorld has issued an official statement that you can find below.
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