The invasion of Ukraine by Russia has brought us, at all levels, a good handful of unfortunate episodes for the history of humanity. Beyond the human drama, Russia knows that if it wants to win it has to crush Ukraine in every sector where the invaded country can assert itself, so it should come as no surprise. the announcement by the developer of STALKER. about what the accounts of its employees have been hacked, according to its version, by a “community of a Russian social network”.
STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl, abbreviated by many as STALKER 2, is a game developed by the Ukrainian company GSC Game World and which is the sequel to the well-known title that was released a decade and a half ago, although on a temporary level it will take place in a alternative line in which a second catastrophe that occurred in 2006 has caused the appearance of monsters, mutants and phenomena difficult to explain in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, located in the Ukrainian city of Pripyat.
The formula seems to remain the same or very similar, with a mixture of a first-person shooter and survival horror, however, its development is taking forever, since it was started in 2010 and has been able to have at least one restart. Seeing that it is now being ported to Unreal Engine 5, although graphically it seems to be quite advanced as seen in the latest videos published by GSC Game World.
going back to topic that really concerns usGSC Game World has explained that the alleged Russian hackers who have hacked into the accounts of their employees have threatened to use the data obtained for blackmail and intimidation. The company has acknowledged that it is not the first time they have suffered an attack and that in the last year they have been bombarded with constant cyberattacks. The accounts have been obtained after the malicious actors carried out an attack against a crowdsourcing application for image work.
The situation for GSC Game World seems to have been difficult in recent years. The developer has said that for more than a year it has faced blackmail, acts of aggression, hacking attempts, attempts to harm users and followers, and efforts by external agents to damage the development process and even the image itself. of the company.
Regarding the development of STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl, GSC Game World has asked people to refrain from viewing or distributing information about the game, since obsolete work and material in progress can dilute the impression of the final product and the authentic idea that they intend to capture in the work. This opens the door to understanding that the attackers have been able to get hold of game material, still in the development phase, which obviously may end up being published by other people, and that is without counting on the possibility that malicious actors manipulate it.
GSC Game World has shown its commitment to Ukraine and to finishing STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl under the ideas they want to introduce into the game, as well as thanking people for their support to achieve their goals.
As a reminder, GSC Game World decided to relocate from Ukraine to the Czech Republic due to the aforementioned war, but that hasn’t stopped Russian-aligned malicious cyber actors from attacking them for months, and those malicious actors will surely continue to try to harm the company after Obtain employee accounts.