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Stalker 2 Devs Refuse To Stop Supporting Ukraine Following Blackmail Attempt




After a Russian hacker threatened to release "tens of gigabytes" of stolen Stalker 2 data unless its developer changed its "attitude towards Russian and Belarusian players," GSC Game World has issued a stirring rebuke, vowing to continue supporting Ukraine "at all costs."

Earlier this weekend, a hacker by the name of NF Star posted messages on Russian social media claiming to have stolen Stalker 2 data. The hacker demanded GSC Game World "apologize for the unworthy attitude towards ordinary players" in Belarus and Russia and that Stalker 2 receive a Russian language translation. A Ukrainian developer, GSC Game World ceased all Russian localization and promised never to release Stalker 2 to Russian audiences following Russia's invasion of Ukraine last year.


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In response to these demands, GSC Game World issued a statement on Twitter revealing it had been "enduring constant cyberattacks for more than a year" and that all attempts at "blackmail and intimidation" were "completely futile."

"We are a Ukrainian company, and like most Ukrainians, we have experienced many things that are much more terrifying: destroyed houses, ruined lives, and the deaths of our loved ones," the Stalker 2 developer wrote. "Our unwavering commitment to supporting our country remains unchanged--we will continue to do everything possible to support Ukraine. And this won't change in the future under any circumstances."

GSC added it remains "strong and courageous" despite the year-long war and constant attacks from Russian hackers. "We have been through a lot. However, these challenges only encourage us to work even harder because we believe that the truth is on our side. Evil will never win."

Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl still doesn't have a release date, but GSC Game World has promised to bring the Game PC and Xbox Series X|S sometime this year. That's in the face of the ongoing war and GSC Game World relocating its offices to Czechia. The Game has reportedly become "incomparably bigger" following the Russian invasion in February 2022, with GSC stating it will become a part of Ukraine's "cultural legacy."

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