Game creator studio Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl reports they have been hacked
The Ukrainian studio behind Stalker 2: Heart of Chernobyl claims that it has been hacked by a group of Russians.
In a statement posted via the game’s official Twitter account, GSC Game World claimed that “a Russian social media community” hacked into its account on an “image crowdsourcing app” and is threatening to withhold data to request a rescue.
According to the study, the attack may cause hackers to leak images and possible spoilers of the game.
As such, it asks players to ignore any images or videos that are leaked prior to the game’s release.
A message from GSC Game World team pic.twitter.com/rqRM0tFZmO
— STALKER OFFICIAL (@stalker_thegame) March 12, 2023
“They are threatening to use the data obtained for blackmail and intimidation,” read in the statement. “This is not the first attempt to hack and leak our data, including personal information.
“We have been enduring constant cyberattacks for more than a year. We have faced blackmail, acts of aggression, hacking, attempts to harm players and fans, and efforts to harm the development process or our company’s reputation.
“We are a Ukrainian company and, like most Ukrainians, we have experienced many things that are far more terrifying: destroyed houses, ruined lives and the death of our loved ones. Attempts to blackmail or intimidate us are completely useless.”
Originally planned for an April 2022 release, the game has already been delayed a couple of times. As of June 2022, its release is scheduled for 2023, although it is not yet clear when.